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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Rapp also notes that a qui tam action would have provided plaintiffs with a forum to be heard.
Doing business with the government poses vulnerabilities that include qui tam actions, and a disgruntled employee or a nongovernmental payer can turn a case over to the government for prosecution.
House's failure to sign the agreement can also pursue a qui tam action against Dr.
Less than 25 percent of filed qui tam actions result in an
Ordinarily, in order to intervene for purpose of pursuing the litigation in a qui tam action after the sixty-day seal period expires, (457) the government needs to first make a showing of good cause.
hear a qui tam action that is based upon information previously
Because the relator's interest in a qui tam action is a partial assignment, a contract with an ALF entity would effectuate a partial assignment of a partial assignment.
In contrast, a common-law qui tam action appears generally to have involved an "aggrieved party" for whom qui tam was a procedural device for gaining access to England's royal courts on grounds that the case involved a royal interest as well as a private interest.
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.
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.
Courts cannot hear a qui tam action that is based upon information
2) Depending on what circuit court the hapless relator finds herself in she is just as likely to end up with a mouthful of scalding porridge as she is of maintaining her qui tam action under the False Claims Act (FCA).