Experienced California and Nevada Attorneys Represent Government Fraud Whistleblowers
Assisting employees whose employers defraud the government
If you work for a company that provides products or services to the U.S. government, including the U.S. military, and you uncover evidence that the company is defrauding the government, you can take action. At The Drakulich Firm, A Professional Law Corporation, our attorneys are experienced in handling whistleblower cases that involve government fraud. We also handle whistleblower cases involving corporate fraud and healthcare fraud. We understand that while taking such action is the right thing to do, it puts you in a difficult position. Our attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and preparing the strongest possible lawsuit. We may be able to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the government when any of the following kinds of misconduct is suspected:
- Company misrepresenting its products or services
- Company not complying with the contract
- Company defrauding the government
What are the steps in a government fraud lawsuit?
There are several steps you must take when pursuing this type of lawsuit:
- When your attorneys determine there are valid grounds for a suit, they prepare the complaint and serve it to the U.S. attorney for California or Nevada, and also submit it to the attorney general of the United States. The complaint is sealed, keeping its contents confidential.
- The state and federal attorneys general have 60 days to decide whether to pursue the suit. If they do, they assume responsibility for developing the case and bringing it to court, although you remain a plaintiff. This type of lawsuit, brought by a private citizen on behalf of the government, is known as qui tam, Latin for “who as well.” If the lawsuit results in penalties against the company, you receive a portion of the damages the defendant is required to pay.
- If the attorneys general decline to pursue the case, you still have the right to pursue it on your own, and we will continue to represent you and develop the case.
Protecting you from retaliation
Whistleblowers are rightly concerned about retaliation from their employers. That retaliation can take many forms: from blocking a promotion, to subtle harassment in the office, to firing the whistleblower. If you’ve filed a whistleblower complaint, your name and the names of any other parties involved are kept confidential while the complaint is sealed. However, when the complaint becomes public, your name may be released or your employer may deduce that you are the complainant from the facts of the case.
The law prohibits companies from retaliating against a whistleblower in any way. If you’ve suffered retaliation from an employer you’ve lodged a complaint against, the lawyers of The Drakulich Firm who are are experienced with California and Nevada whistleblower laws, can protect you.
Discuss your whistleblowing concerns with our experienced government fraud lawyers
To learn more about how The Drakulich Firm, A Professional Law Corporation can represent you in government fraud whistleblowing, call us at 858-755-5887 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation today. Our appointment schedule is flexible for your convenience. Our offices are located in San Diego, CA and Reno, NV.