Stuart Whistleblower Attorney
If you are aware of a person or entity that is defrauding the government and are considering filing a whistleblower lawsuit to put a stop to it, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel and representation. The Stuart whistleblower attorneys at Gordon & Partners can discuss your situation in a free, no obligation legal consultation to determine your legal options. If you have a case and choose to pursue it, we can manage every aspect of the process and defend your best interests. If your case is successful, you could be entitled to a percentage of the money recovered. Our attorneys will aggressively pursue the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
We have in-depth understanding and knowledge of the False Claims Act, the federal law that governs the type of lawsuit you are trying to file. We know what is considered a violation of this law and are prepared for each step in the process. For example, we can explain what it means for the government to join your lawsuit and what to do if the government decides to stay out of it.
Our Stuart office is right off US 1 and a short drive from the St. Lucie River. We are also just a 15-minute drive from the Martin County Courthouse.
Call 1 (855) 722-2552 now to schedule a free consultation with our whistleblower attorneys in Stuart.
Federal and State Whistleblower Laws
According to the United States Department of Justice, the Congress enacted the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 United States Code § 3729-3733, in 1863 in response to fraud against the federal government. This law has since been expanded beyond the federal government to also include state governments, private and public companies, and organizations.
A whistleblower can file a claim under the FCA if he or she has observed fraud against the government, including:
- Making false or fraudulent claims for payment
- Making false or fraudulent claims for approval
- Making false records or statements to provide backing to a fraudulent claim
- Making less-than-full payments to a government or governmental agency
- Concealing or avoiding payment to a government or governmental agency
There are many specific examples of these kinds of actions, from health care providers billing Medicare for services that were not performed or even double-billing for the same service to overcharging the government for the building of a military vehicle. Sometimes companies even make false statements to secure a grant from the government.
These kinds of fraudulent actions often occur in the following industries, since they often work with the government:
- Defense contracting
- Higher education
- Student loans
- Real estate
- Health care
- Science research
Florida False Claims Law
The Florida False Claims Act, § 68.082, protects whistleblowers who file a lawsuit on behalf of the State of Florida when they observe an action that is defrauding governments or governmental agencies within the state. The law is aimed at deterring people from causing, or assisting in causing, the government to pay false claims.
A whistleblower can file a lawsuit on behalf of the State of Florida if he or she is aware of someone who has:
- Received a financial kickback for his or her involvement in granting a government contract
- Offered or accepted a bribe for involvement in acquiring a government contract or payment
- Deliberately ignored the truth or laws when conducting business with the government
- Acted in reckless disregard of the truth
If you have observed or know about someone who is acting in bad faith with the federal or state government, contact Gordon & Partners right away. Your Stuart whistleblower attorney will help you throughout the process, and you may be entitled to compensation for your part in helping to deliver justice.
Schedule a free consultation by calling 1 (855) 722-2552.
Process of Filing a Qui Tam Lawsuit
Filing a False Claims Act lawsuit is somewhat different from filing other types of lawsuits. For one thing, your case will be filed under seal for at least 60 days. This means the party the lawsuit is being filed against will not know about the lawsuit during the time the case is under seal.
The purpose of filing the lawsuit under seal is so the government can review it and decide to join. If the government joins, it will be in charge of the case from that point forward. This means the government can decide to dismiss the claim, settle it, or severely limit your participation in the process and there is nothing you can do about it. Even if the government does not join your case right away, it can do so at any time.
If our Stuart whistleblower lawyers cannot get the government to join, it will be up to us to move forward. We can review your situation to determine if it would be in your best interest to do so.
Regardless of what happens with the government, the complaint will be sent to the defendant after the 60 days pass. The other party must respond within 20 days.
Contact our firm right now by calling 1 (855) 722-2552.
Retaliation for Filing a Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Your Employer
If you have reported employment fraud or misconduct against your employer and you have experienced retaliation of any kind, you need an experienced whistleblower attorney in Stuart to help you fight for justice and compensation. Employers are not legally allowed to retaliate against an employee who is a whistleblower.
Employer retaliation against an employee can take many different forms, including being:
- Fired or laid off
- Threatened or intimidated
- Reassigned to a lower-level position
- Denied benefits
- Denied overtime or promotion
- Denied employment or re-employment
We know what you are going through, and we can gather evidence to help you prove:
- Your actions were protected by law
- Your employer acted in an adverse way toward you
- The employer’s adverse reaction was due to your protected actions
We will gather your employment records, collect statements from you, and take care of all communications on your behalf. Our whistleblower lawyers in Stuart never charge upfront fees, and our consultation is completely free and confidential. You pay us nothing unless we are able to help you obtain compensation, so contact us today to see how we can work with you for justice.
Our legal team can schedule your free consultation today: 1 (855) 722-2552
Can I Get Compensation as a Whistleblower?
A person who files a lawsuit on behalf of a government entity because he or she has observed fraud or misconduct against the government is entitled to 15 to 30 percent of the financial reward recovered by the government. That person is called the “relator,” because he or she related the information.
If the government joined your lawsuit, you can receive between 15 and 25 percent of the recovered funds. Without the government on board, you can recover between 25 and 30 percent.
You may also be entitled to financial compensation for what you have been through, which can help cover expenses including back-pay for suspension or other forms of retaliation. This could include attorney fees, legal expenses and possibly punitive damages.
The Stuart whistleblower lawyers at Gordon & Doner will stand by your side as you fight for justice. We will help you at every step, and we only receive compensation if we are able to assist you in obtaining compensation.
Complete our simple online evaluation form today to have a lawyer analyze your claim.
What Can a Whistleblower Attorney Do for Me?
If you know of illegal activity against the government or against a company that must be reported, you may not know where to turn. You may even be afraid of retaliation by your employer or by the party that is committing the fraud or harmful action.
This is why having experienced legal representation is so important. If you choose to be represented by the attorneys at our firm, we will:
- Investigate your claim
- Determine what actions have been taken
- Gather evidence
- File a lawsuit on your behalf
- Handle communications with all parties on your behalf
The law firm of Gordon & Partners knows how to take care of cases just like yours, and we have decades of experience fighting for our clients’ right to justice and compensation. If you are retaliated against for taking action, we know how to help defend your actions and take further action if necessary.
Fill out our Free Case Evaluation form to have a reputable lawyer review your claim.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Stuart Whistleblower Lawyer Today
If you are considering filing a whistleblower lawsuit to help stop fraudulent activity, contact Gordon & Partners right away. You need a knowledgeable Stuart whistleblower lawyer who knows the step-by-step process of filing a lawsuit and working to recover compensation.
Whether you want to file a lawsuit against a governmental agency or your employer, you do not need to try to figure it out yourself. Our Stuart whistleblower attorneys can help you each step of the way, keeping you well-informed and letting you know how you can help us.
Our legal team charges absolutely no upfront fees, and we get paid only if you do – so there is no risk to you. We offer a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation, so contact us today to find out how we can help you fight for justice.