Awards Paid to Whistleblowers Exceed $2.8 Billion
Are You a Whistleblower?
A whistleblower is an individual who discloses original information about fraudulent or unethical activities in an effort to bring them to the light of public scrutiny. The United States government has passed a number of laws to protect whistleblowers, and in some cases recognizes their courage by offering rewards for information brought to investigators. If the whistleblower provides information leading to the successful prosecution of a company or individual that has committed fraud, the whistleblower may be entitled to a portion of the fine or recovery.
The decision to blow the whistle on an individual, corporation or organization can be difficult. Whistleblowers may fear retaliation from employers and alienation from co-workers. Therefore, once a whistleblower decides to come forward, it is vital that they retain a law firm with the resources to take on a powerful defendant and a track record of winning. Before risking his or her reputation every smart whistleblower should ask, “Can this firm take on a Fortune 500 company if the government can’t devote the resources or doesn’t see the fraud?”
Hagens Berman can.