If you know about wrongdoing committed by a corporation, government organization, or other entity, you may be thinking about coming forward with the information. You want to bring the truth to light, but you also want to protect your best interests. Having knowledge of fraud or misconduct can understandably be a frightening and overwhelming position to be in.
You do not have to handle this burden alone.
The whistleblower lawyers at OnderLaw are here to provide the counsel and support you need. Our skilled attorneys have wide-ranging experience in these cases and intimate knowledge of the state and federal laws involved. We can help you determine the best course of action while advocating for you every step of the way.
The term “whistleblower” was coined in the early 20th century. In factories or mines, a whistle was blown to let people know that they should stop doing what they were doing and/or to bring light to a certain situation.
As labor and operational laws were enacted, workers were empowered to speak out against corruption, fraud, unsafe working conditions, and other illegal or unethical situations. Those who disclosed wrongdoing to law enforcement, regulatory agencies, the media, or the public earned the name “whistleblowers,” and they, too, became protected by law.
Whistleblower cases can take many different forms and span various industries. Common circumstances that may compel a whistleblower to step forward include:
Other common types of whistleblower actions involve alleged misconduct by a pharmaceutical, healthcare company, or other large corporation. A whistleblower may bring a claim over wrongdoing by industrial corporations like unlawful toxic waste disposal, air pollution, or hazardous water contamination. Similarly, food safety violations, government contract fraud, and even insurance fraud may all be instances that could give rise to a plausible whistleblower claim.
Our attorneys can help prospective whistleblowers understand their legal rights and provide careful guidance at each stage of the process.
Numerous types of whistleblower claims may be filed under existing laws. For example, the Dodd-Frank Act is a body of legislation covering multiple whistleblower cases. This program is designed to help prosecute financial wrongdoing such as insider trading, predatory lending practices, market manipulation, and other securities violations.
Another common type of whistleblower case that our lawyers can assist with is a qui tam case. A qui tam case involves allegations of violations of the False Claims Act, which prohibits individuals and entities from committing fraudulent acts against the government or one of its related agencies or organizations.
Many other whistleblower programs encompass a range of industries and alleged violations, such as the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower reward program and the Anti-Money Laundering Whistleblower Program.
The legal team at OnderLaw is well-versed in whistleblower cases and can explain the applicable laws in your situation.
The rewards and time limits that apply to whistleblower claims vary widely. These are highly dependent on the facts of the case, the nature and breadth of the information involved, and the state or federal program under which a case is brought. Attempting to navigate this complex process on your own is a daunting and difficult task.
Let our whistleblower lawyers carefully analyze the facts of your case and ensure no stone is left unturned. We will fight to protect your rights while liaising between you and the government in pursuit of a just and equitable outcome. Call OnderLaw today to schedule a confidential consultation with an attorney about your prospective whistleblower claim. We are here to support you and your cause.