Tucson Whistleblower Lawyer
A whistleblower is someone who exposes inside knowledge about illegal activity within a government organization, corporate entity or private company. This is always a risky move for an employee to make, and one that may bring retaliation against him or her. This is why we recommend hiring a qualified attorney for help.
At Phillips Law Group, our legal team have a proven history of representing clients for nearly 30 years, and we are well-versed in both state and federal laws. If your employer attempts to retaliate against you, we are prepared to fight back to protect your interests.
If you are considering filing a whistleblower complaint, we encourage you to speak with one of our Tucson whistleblower lawyers in a free consultation. This meeting is completely confidential, and there is no obligation to take legal action. If we do represent you, we operate on contingency, so it will not cost you any money unless we are successful in achieving a recovery.
Call us today for answers to your legal questions. Ph: 1-800-706-3000.
How The False Claims Act May Apply in a Whistleblower Claim
During the Civil War, the False Claims Act was originally enacted to help prevent military contractors from using their relationship with the government for unlawful financial gain. Through the years, many amendments have been made to this law to make it more relevant, so the rules for filing and what type of compensation may be available have also changed and follow a more complex process.
Fortunately, our experienced Tucson whistleblower attorneys understand the detailed requirements of this law and how it may apply to your whistleblower claim in Arizona.
Types of Fraud We Handle
Today, the False Claims Act applies to various types of fraud against the U.S. government, including:
- Health care – Unlawful activity committed by physicians, private practices or larger health care institutions against the government may include submitting fraudulent claims for payment, charging twice for the same medical treatments and inflating charges to Medicare and Medicaid for various services that may never have be provided.
- Contractors – Illegal methods to secure a government contract that may include accepting kickbacks and bribes or submitting false certifications.
- Energy – Government land can present energy companies with the potential for new, untapped sources of energy, but securing a contract is competitive. If a company wins the contract, energy companies typically have to pay the government a royalty fee on a percentage of any profits made. Sometimes energy companies find ways to manipulate these fees to their advantage.
- Environmental – Unethical and illegal activity that may include charging for services that were never performed, such as charging for toxic waste removal that was never done and forging test results that falsely support the expected outcome.
- Financial – History is full of corporate entities and government financial agencies committing Illegal financial activity, such as mortgage or government pension fraud.
- Research – Falsifying research data to qualify and receive U.S. grant funds.
What Can A Whistleblower Lawyer Do For Me?
It is difficult for someone to consider whether or not to expose knowledge about his or her employer’s unlawful activity. We also understand that it is risky because there are many ways that an employer may attempt to get back at a whistleblower, including firing, harassing or threatening him or her, even though it is illegal to do so.
Our attorneys at Phillips Law Group have been advocating for our clients for nearly 30 years, and we are experienced at investigating whistleblower claims and building a strong case for compensation.
We are also prepared to apply the terms of relief for any forms of retaliation you may have suffered, as outlined in the False Claims Act. This could include:
- Ensuring reinstatement of your former position with the same level of seniority and benefits
- Obtaining twice the amount of back pay you are owed
- Attaching the allowable interest rate to your back pay
- Obtaining additional compensation for any other damages you suffered from the effects of retaliation, including legal fees
If we represent you, our legal team will communicate regularly to keep you well-informed throughout the legal process. This is critical, because if the government does join in the claim, it can settle a case at any time. Additionally, if you opt to settle a claim that is being handled by the government, you will still need to get government approval for your portion of the settlement.
As in every case we handle, confidentiality is key to protecting the interests of our clients. However, because an employer may attempt to seek retaliation in a whistleblower claim when so much is at stake for him or her, we may extra steps to protect your identity from the public.
We are here to help. Call 1-800-706-3000.
Can a Whistleblower Be Compensated?
Whistleblower claims help the government find out and put a stop to illegal activities that often go unnoticed because of a lack of manpower. The False Claim Act recognizes this, and the risk to the whistleblower, by offering a percentage of funds recovered.
If the government intervenes, the eligible portion you may be able to receive is between 15 and 25 percent. If the government does not intervene, and there is a successful outcome, you may receive as much as 25 to 30 percent of any funds recovered by the court.
Our legal team is prepared to pursue maximum compensation for the risks involved in coming forward.
Contact Our Tucson Whistleblower Lawyers Today
When a whistleblower makes the decision to expose his or her employer with a complaint that is backed up with solid evidence, it is a good idea to have a trusted attorney on your side to protect your best interests and fight back against the retaliation tactics your employer may use to intimidate you.
In a free consultation with one of our Tucson whistleblower lawyers, we are ready to answer your questions about how the legal process works, the types of compensation you may be eligible to receive and discuss the extent of your legal options.
We collect no upfront fees to represent you. We operate on contingency, so we do not charge any money unless we have a successful recovery.
Call 1-800-706-3000 anytime, 24/7.