What is Qui Tam?
Signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the False Claims Act (also known as “Lincoln’s Law”) was created to fight widespread fraud against the Union troops and the federal government.
Today, it enables private individuals, who have unique, insider knowledge of fraud committed against the federal government, to bring suit on its behalf and receive a portion of its award. They blow the whistle, “relating” information to the government.
These suits, brought for “the government as well as the plaintiff,” are known as qui tam cases … and by punishing and deterring fraud, they protect the lives of medical patients, soldiers, American citizens generally, and many others.
Under the False Claims Act, whistleblowers can be rewarded when they report non-public information about fraud against the government.