New Jersey Whistleblower Attorney
Blowing the whistle on coworkers who have defrauded the federal government or the State of New Jersey could do lasting damage to your career.
The New Jersey whistleblower attorneys at the Lynch Law Firm understand the risk you are taking as a whistleblower. We are prepared to build a strong case to bring the perpetrators to justice and obtain the largest percentage of the recovered funds the law allows. We will also defend your rights if you suffer any form of retaliation for your actions.
The lawyers at our firm have been recognized by some of the most prestigious organizations in the legal profession, including Super Lawyers, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers. James S. Lynch is also on the Executive Board of the New Jersey Association for Justice.
Our New Jersey whistleblower attorneys offer a free, no obligation legal consultation to discuss your claim.
Call our New Jersey whistleblower attorneys right now at (800) 518-0508 .
Why Do I Need a Whistleblower Lawyer?
There are many reasons why it is a good idea to hire a reputable New Jersey whistleblower attorney to help you with your claim. An experienced lawyer can:
- Review your claim to determine if you have a case – Our attorneys are prepared to carefully analyze your claim to determine if your coworkers' actions constitute a violation of the U.S. False Claims Act (FCA) or the New Jersey False Claims Act. We have a detailed understanding of these laws and their guidelines on illegal activity. We will only advise you to move forward if we think it is in your best interest.
- Guide you through the entire legal process – If you have a valid claim, we can manage every aspect of it, including filing documents with the court and representing you in all legal proceedings. We are veterans of the legal process and know how to handle each part of your case to give you a good chance of success.
- Ensure your claim is filed on time – There are statutes of limitations that set deadlines for filing qui tam claims. If you do not file a claim before the deadline, or statute of limitations, runs out, you are prohibited from filing a claim. Lawsuits under the FCA and the New Jersey FCA must be filed six years from the date of the violation or three years after the government knows or should know about the violation. However, under no circumstance can you file a claim more than 10 years after the violation.
- Fight for the largest amount of compensation possible – If your case is successful, you are entitled to a percentage of the recovered funds. Our New Jersey whistleblower attorneys want you to have the largest amount of compensation available and will work tirelessly toward that outcome.
- Protect you from retaliation – It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against a whistleblower. Our New Jersey whistleblower attorneys are ready to pursue a claim against your employer if he or she terminates, suspends, demotes or reduces your wages for reporting fraud.
Schedule your free, no obligation legal consultation to learn more about how our New Jersey whistleblower lawyers can help you with your whistleblower claim.
What Forms of Compensation Are Available?
One of the rewards for a successful whistleblower lawsuit is the knowledge that you did the right thing and helped bring perpetrators of government fraud to justice. Another reward is receiving a percentage of the funds recovered by the federal or state government.
If you file a successful lawsuit under the federal FCA or New Jersey's FCA, and the federal or New Jersey attorney general joined your case, you will receive anywhere from 15 to 25 percent of the recovered funds.
The amount of compensation you receive will depend upon the court's determination about the extent to which you substantially contributed to the prosecution of the case. In other words, the more substantial your contribution, the more compensation you will receive.
If the federal government or attorney general did not join your case, but you were successful, you will receive at least 25 percent, but not more than 30 percent.
You are also entitled to compensation for reasonable expenses and attorneys' fees, as determined by the court and paid by the defendant.
Lynch Law Firm's New Jersey whistleblower attorneys want you to receive as much compensation as possible for courageously coming forward to stop fraud.
Contact the Lynch Law Firm right now. Call (800) 518-0508 .
When Can I File a Whistleblower Lawsuit?
You can file a whistleblower lawsuit against anyone who engages in activities designed to defraud the federal or state government. The New Jersey FCA and the federal FCA list the same examples of activities designed to defraud the government:
- Knowingly presenting a fraudulent claim for payment or approval to an employee, officer or agent of the state or federal government
- Causing a fraudulent claim for payment or approval to be presented to an employee, officer or agent of the state or federal government
- Knowingly making or using false records to attempt to obtain payment or approval from the government for a fraudulent claim
- Causing false records or statements to be made to attempt to obtain payment or approval of a fraudulent claim
- Engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the government by getting a false claim allowed or paid by the government
- Possessing or controlling property that must be delivered to the government and knowingly failing to deliver all of the property to the government
- Delivering a document certifying the receipt of government property without knowing if the information on the receipt is true
- Knowingly buying or receiving government property from someone who is not allowed to sell government property
- Knowingly making or using false statements or records to conceal, avoid or decrease an obligation to pay money to the government
Government fraud occurs in a variety of industries, including:
- Healthcare, mainly with Medicare and Medicaid
- Defense contracting
- Financial services
- Real estate
Common examples of government fraud that occur in these industries include:
- Billing Medicaid or Medicare for unnecessary healthcare services or services that were never performed
- Filing duplicate claims for payment from Medicaid or Medicare Part C or D
- Engaging in fraud to maintain ownership of property rightfully belonging to the government
- Overcharging the government for defense contracts
- Billing the Department of Defense for time that was not spent on a job
- Misuse of money in retirement accounts
- Rigging bids on a government contract
- Fraud with government grants
Both the federal FCA and New Jersey's law do not apply to claims, records or statements made relating to federal or New Jersey tax laws.
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Whistleblower Lawsuits for Tax Fraud
Under the IRS Whistleblower Law, you can file a lawsuit to put a stop to tax fraud. If your claim meets one of the two conditions below and you prove your allegations, you will receive 15 percent to 30 percent of the recovered funds:
- If your claim is against an individual, he or she must have gross income in excess of $200,000 for any taxable year at issue in the claim.
- The amount in dispute must be in excess of $2 million.
You can dispute the outcome of your whistleblower claim only if it meets the above conditions.
If your claim has to do with disclosure of allegations from the sources below, you could receive up to 10 percent of the recovered funds:
- Judicial or administrative hearings
- Government reports, hearings, audits or investigations
- News media
Types of Tax Fraud
Common examples of tax fraud for which you might be able to file a whistleblower lawsuit include:
- Failing to report income
- Claiming deductions that you are not allowed to claim
- Hiding assets on your tax return
- Falsely claiming a charitable donation
- Underreporting profits
Filing a Claim
Unlike whistleblower claims under the FCA, your attorney can initiate a claim only by contacting the IRS Whistleblower Office.
Our New Jersey whistleblower lawyers are well-versed in the IRS' whistleblower laws and know how to build a strong case that gives you a chance of success.
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How to Start a Whistleblower Claim
If you believe people at your workplace are defrauding the federal or state government, contact our New Jersey whistleblower attorneys today so we can review your claim. We will advise you if you have a case and how to proceed.
The process for filing a qui tam claim is basically the same, whether you are filing under the federal law or New Jersey's state law.
If you are filing a federal case, it will be brought in the name of the government. If you are filing a state claim, it will be filed in the name of the State of New Jersey.
The complaint will be filed under seal for at least 60 days. That means the person or people you are accusing of fraud will not have access to the allegations. The only people who will know about it are you, your attorney, and the federal or state government.
You must submit a copy of the complaint and written disclosure of all material evidence and information you possess concerning your claim. New Jersey law states that this information must be sent by registered mail, return receipt requested.
Before the 60 days are up, the federal government, or the Attorney General from the State of New Jersey, will decide whether or not to join your claim.
If the government joins, it will take over primary responsibility for prosecuting your claim. If not, you have the right to continue the action on your own without the help of the government.
Your claim has a much greater chance of success if the government gets on board. That is why our New Jersey whistleblower attorneys will work hard to create a strong claim to entice the federal or state government to join your case.
Call the New Jersey whistleblower attorneys at our firm now for free consultation. (800) 518-0508
What Happens When the Government Takes Over?
Unfortunately, if the government takes over, it can decide to dismiss your claim despite the objections of you or your attorney. The government can also decide to initiate a settlement if it determines that a settlement is fair, adequate and reasonable under the circumstances.
The government also has the power to limit your participation in the claim, which could include limiting:
- The number of witnesses you can call
- The length of testimony from the witnesses
- Cross-examination of witnesses
The government can only do this if the defendant is able to show that your unrestricted participation in the case would result in you harassing the defendant or creating an undue burden or expense on the defendant.
Even if the government does not join your claim, it maintains the right to intervene in your claim at any time. The government or state attorney general may also request copies of all pleadings filed and deposition transcripts.
What Happens When the 60 Days are Up?
In a federal claim, the case will be unsealed after 60 days and the accused is required to respond within 20 days. In a state claim, the defendant's response time is governed by the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey.
At this point, most defendants offer to settle the claim rather than go through a trial. However, if the defense decides to proceed to the courtroom, our New Jersey whistleblower attorneys will be prepared to prosecute a successful case.
If we are successful, you will be entitled to a percentage of the recovered funds and attorneys' fees and other reasonable costs.
Laws Prohibiting Retaliation Against Whistleblowers
The federal FCA and New Jersey's law prohibit employers from retaliating against employees for filing whistleblower claims. Retaliation refers to any discrimination in the terms or conditions of employment, including:
- Denial of a promotion
The laws state that any employers who retaliate are liable for any relief to make the employee whole again, which could include:
- Reinstatement to the same status the employee had before retaliation occurred
- Two times the amount of back pay
- Interest on back pay
- Compensation for special damages suffered because of discrimination, such as litigation costs and reasonable attorneys' fees
- Punitive damages, if applicable
If you are victim of any form of retaliation for your whistleblower claim, our New Jersey whistleblower attorneys may be able to pursue a lawsuit to obtain compensation for the damages you have suffered.
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Contact a New Jersey Whistleblower Attorney Right Now
You need skilled legal representation to have the best opportunity to have success with your qui tam lawsuit.
The Lynch Law Firm's New Jersey whistleblower attorneys are well-versed in state and federal law on whistleblowers and how to apply that knowledge to your claim. We want to bring the perpetrators of government fraud to justice and help you obtain a percentage of the recovered funds.
We understand the risk you have taken and that is why we are committed to providing aggressive representation throughout the legal process.
Schedule your free, no obligation legal consultation today. We can determine if you have a legitimate claim. If you do, we can guide you through the legal process.
Call our New Jersey whistleblower attorneys today. (800) 518-0508
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