How do I file a Qui Tam lawsuit?

Anyone with knowledge of fraud against federal programs can be a qui tam whistleblower and file a lawsuit; however, if a private party or the government has already filed a False Claims Act lawsuit based on the same evidence, an individual will be unable to bring a lawsuit.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a qui tam whistleblower must file a civil complaint under seal with the court and also “serve a copy of the complaint and a ‘written disclosure of substantially all material evidence and information’ possessed by the relator [whistleblower] on both the Attorney General and the United States Attorney (USA) pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4. or Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.” From this point, the government must decide whether or not to take over the case. If the government “does not notify the court that it is taking over the case, it becomes the relator’s to litigate.”

It is recommended to seek out a whistleblower lawyer who will know the ins and outs of the False Claims Act and can best assist qui tam whistleblowers.

Rules for Whistleblower: A Handbook for Doing What's Right

Subscribe to receive daily breaking news and legislative developments sent to your inbox.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Most Popular

Whistleblower Poll


Become a Whistleblower Network News Subscriber

Login to your account below

Create New Account!

Fill the forms below to register

Retrieve your password

Please enter your username or email address to reset your password.


Rules for Whistleblowers
A Handbook for Doing What's Right

Rules for Whistleblowers is the ultimate guide to blowing the whistle and getting rewarded (Lyons Press, 2023)
Order Your Copy
Subscribe to WNN and get 35% your purchase!
Rules for Whistleblowers

Add New Playlist