Presented by Hodgson Russ, the Whistleblower Blog is written by a team of lawyers experienced in successfully guiding both whistleblowers and companies accused by whistleblowers of wrongdoing through the False Claims Act process.

Posts from June 2010.

A common scenario: a whistleblower files a solid False Claims Act complaint with an ample disclosure. The government takes the disclosure and complaint, does some preliminary investigation, and opens a criminal file and grand jury investigation. The civil False Claims Act goes dormant and the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e) prohibits the U.S. attorney from discussing any grand jury evidence with the whistleblower or whistleblower’s counsel. De facto, the government has taken over the case. That can only be good. Simply, if there is a criminal conviction by plea or after trial, and the factual basis for the conviction is the same as that alleged in the complaint, the case is a winner. And if there is a plea, global settlements are the rule rather than the exception. So the relator gets paid at the same time the criminal plea is entered.

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