Whistleblower Actions | Romanucci & Blandin
Private citizens can file a lawsuit on behalf of the government and when they do so, it is called a whistleblower action. Citizens may find that there is something amiss in their place of work and this generally involves their company having fraudulent behavior against the government. There are several different laws that will let you take action on your employer and these types of cases are called qui tam lawsuits.
In Illinois, the two laws that are most appropriate in regards to whistleblower actions are the Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act and the False Claims Act. Whether you file a state or federal case is dependent on what type of fraud your employer has been engaged in. These laws help to provide an incentive for private citizens to help protect the government from fraud. There are protections that citizens are provided with from whistleblower laws if they file a qui tam suit.
Through a whistleblower lawsuit, you are able to take action against almost any type of fraudulent behavior against the government, with the exception being tax fraud. Most often, these types of lawsuits are class action suits. The most common types of suits are:
- Bribing a government official
- Falsifying records
- Health care fraud
- Overcharging for goods/services
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