Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto partners work to enhance legal protections and earn whistleblower rewards for our clients.
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto is a qui tam law firm with attorneys experienced in assisting whistleblowers in obtaining whistleblower rewards. U.S. laws allow both citizens and foreign nationals to qualify for financial rewards. Whistleblowers who disclose violations that result in a successful prosecution and the U.S. obtaining monetary sanctions from the wrongdoer are eligible for rewards. The significant financial reward laws are:
- False Claims Act
- Tax Fraud & underpayments of tax
- Securities Exchange Act
- Commodities and Exchange Act
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto specializes in obtaining qui tam whistleblower rewards for whistleblowers. We earned the largest ever individual whistleblower reward for UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, who reported massive IRS tax fraud.
For more examples of how we’ve helped our whistleblower clients obtain financial awards, stop fraud, and combat corruption, see our Successful Cases.
Frequently Asked Questions
The major laws are the False Claims Act (covering government procurement and contracting, including Medicare and Medicaid spending), the Securities and Exchange Act, the Commodity Exchange Act, the IRS tax laws, and the auto safety law. Each of these programs require that payment of rewards to qualified whistleblowers. There are other laws that are not mandatory, including the Act to Prevent Pollution on Ships, the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act.
Each qui tam whistleblower reward law has its own filing procedures and rules. These rules must be carefully followed in order to qualify for a reward. The requirements are unforgiving. The failure to properly file a reward claim can result in the denial of a reward, even if your information resulted in a successful enforcement action, and the government collects millions of dollars based on your information. , a private party known as a relator or a whistleblower brings an action on the government’s behalf against a person or company who is believed to have violated the law. The qui tam whistleblower can receive monetary rewards if their disclosures result in a successful enforcement action. These include laws covering government procurement and contracting, Medicaid or Medicare frauds, securities and commodities frauds, tax evasion or the underpayment of taxes, money laundering, and foreign bribery, among others.
Whistleblower reward laws are based on an old-fashioned law enforcement procedure known as qui tam (a Latin phrase which means “in the name of the King).” The laws incentivize reporting illegal conduct by offering a reward. The rewards are tied to the size of the enforcement action. The major U.S. qui tam reward laws pay whistleblowers between 10%-30% of the amount of sanctions obtained by the government. The bigger the fraud, the bigger the fines. This encourage whistleblowers to report major crimes.
Many whistleblower attorneys work for a “contingency” fee. In a contingency fee case the clients do not pay any attorney’s fees. If the whistleblower loses his or her case, they do not owe the attorney any money. If the whistleblower wins the case, the contingency payment for the attorney is generally between 30-40% of the award.
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