If you are thinking about being a qui tam whistleblower in Georgia it is important to know your rights.
The Georgia Taxpayer Protection False Claims Act allows private citizens with to file qui tam whistleblower lawsuits against companies and individuals that defraud the state or a local government.
Georgia's new False Claims Act allows whistleblowers to receive a reward for reporting government fraud involving any Georgia:
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
Political subdivision of a local government
If you win your qui tam lawsuit, you will be entitled to receive your own whistleblower reward.
The amount of your reward will range between 15-30% of the government's total recovery.
If you have evidence of government fraud, you should immediately seek legal advice from an experienced Georgia qui tam attorney who can let you know whether you have a good qui tam case.
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Why Should I Choose a Georgia Qui Tam Attorney at the Hornsby Law Group?
It's simple. We are one of the few law firms in Georgia that has significant experience handling qui tam whistleblower cases.
Our philosophy is to only accept a small number of high-quality qui tam cases. Because of this, we're able to give you more personal attention than other law firms can. This increases our ability to get you a favorable outcome.
Good qui tam cases must be properly assembled. To help you build the best case, our Georgia qui tam attorneys:
- Investigate: We immediately initiate a confidential and comprehensive fact-gathering investigation designed to identify all documents, evidence, and witnesses.
- Evaluate: We carefully evaluate the government program that has been defrauded and all laws, regulations, other legal documents that impact your qui tam case.
- Protect: We quickly take all actions necessary to protect you against whistleblower retaliation.
- Prosecute: We vigorously prosecute your whistleblower complaint and work closely with the government to help you secure your whistleblower reward.
Choosing the Right Georgia Qui Tam Attorney Can Make All the Difference
Georgia qui tam cases have many complex rules that whistleblowers must follow.
For instance, Georgia qui tam cases must be approved by the Georgia Attorney General before they are filed.
Qui tam whistleblower lawsuits must also be filed under seal. This means your complaint must remain secret and confidential. It cannot be disclosed to anyone except the government and your attorney. If you violate the seal by telling the media or someone else about your case, your case can be dismissed.
Georgia whistleblowers are often concerned about retaliation.
Qui tam retaliation occurs when an employer seeks revenge upon you for making a qui tam complaint or opposing government fraud.
Georgia's Taxpayer Protection False Claims Act has strong whistleblower anti-retaliation protection provisions. These laws make it illegal to discharge, demote, suspend, threaten, or harass a qui tam whistleblower who complains about or attempts to stop government fraud.
To receive protection against qui tam retaliation, you must prove:
- That you engaged in a protected whistleblower activity;
- That the individual who retaliated against you knew about your protected whistleblower activity; and,
- That the retaliation against you was motivated, at least in part, by your protected whistleblower activity.
It is critical that a Georgia qui tam whistleblower come forward with their information as soon as possible. Acting quickly is the key to preventing retaliation and maximizing your whistleblower reward.
If you know about government fraud in Georgia or are a target of whistleblower retaliation, our Georgia qui tam lawyers will ensure your rights are protected.