qui tam action

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qui tam ac·tion

(kwē tahm ak'shŭn)
A civil action brought by an informer (commonly known as a "whistle-blower"), usually against an employer, for activities alleged to be fraudulent or illegal.
[L. qui tam, who (sues on the part of the state) as well (as for himself)]
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2011) ("At least 10 of the first 14 statutes enacted by the first United States Congress relied on some form of qui tam action to supplement the enforcement role of government agents.
In a qui tam action an individual with knowledge of a fraud may bring a law suit on behalf of the State and share in the recoveries.
But after the company began settlement negotiations with the government and was "evidently satisfied that the qui tam action pending against it would likely be settled" and the government would look no further into its documents, the payments resumed in early 2005, according to the supplement.
In a case of particular interest to the military, on 8 July 2005, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied a motion for summary judgment and allowed a case to proceed in a qui tam action against Custer Battles, LLC (Custer Battles).
This decision is mainly focuses on Hansen's status as a legitimate plaintiff under the False Claims Act qui tam action, with exhaustive detailing of the case law that supports the judge's ultimate judgment for the Defendants.
Nor may the government freely settle a qui tam action since the relator may object.
412 (1971) (commencing a qui tam action against a defendant corporation for depositing refuse in navigable waters).
A recently unsealed qui tam action filed by two former employees, and in which the Department of Justice and twelve states have intervened, makes similar claims including that the Company illegally paid recruiters billions of dollars in incentives to sign students up.
Private individuals, frequently former employees, consultants, even competitors, can file a so-called qui tam action alone or in concert with the government, and they stand to collect a substantial bounty in the event the prosecution proves successful.
However, "despite the lack of control mechanisms in [section] 292(b) itself, the Executive Branch is not without the ability to assert its interests in a [section] 292(b) qui tam action," a Virginia federal district court held in Pequignot v.
The FCA also protects a whistleblower that files a qui tam action from being discharged, demoted, or harassed in retaliation for his or her actions.
See supra note 167 (noting that judgment in a qui tam action bound the public rather than simply the individual relator); see also, e.