Qui tam actions are of interest to many tort lawyers, and many have clients who are aware of misconduct by companies who have contracts with federal or state governments. This article is a nice summary of how qui tam actions work.
We are involved right now in a case where a qui tam action was brought for conduct similar to that involved in our litigation. The qui tam case recently settled for over $130,000,000 and the relators are going to earn a good award for reporting the wrongdoing.
The right to earn a portion of the settlement provides a great and necessary incentive for people to come forward and report wrongdoing. People who “go public” with this type of information put a lot on the line when they do so. They deserve to be compensated for taking that risk and for helping to bring wrongdoers to justice.