What is a Whistleblower?
Whistleblowers are individuals who identify wrongful and illegal conduct, such as bid rigging, and report to authorities. Whistleblowers are afforded protections and benefits.
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South Carolina Whistleblower Attorney
Keibler Law Group represents individuals who have identified or believe they have identified wrongful or illegal conduct and want to report that conduct. This conduct includes anticompetitive or fraudulent actions such as price fixing, lying on reports, concealing material defects, bid rigging – there are many ways a company may request that you deceive customers or the public. We can help hone in on specific facts to identify if you have a whistleblower action. In addition, whistleblowers are afford certain protections and benefits. For example, employers cannot retaliate against a whistleblower. In addition, if the whistleblower reports a qui tam suit – or one where the government is defrauded or wronged – and the government decides to continue prosecuting that suit, the whistleblower is entitled to significant compensation. who have face anticompetitive conduct including bid rigging. For example, we represent clients who purchase protein products – chicken, pork, turkey, beef, tuna, etc. – the manufacturers of those products are alleged to have colluded to raise the price of those products. Some of the schemes an allegations, such as in the broiler chicken industry, include allegations of bid rigging. This is when competitors failed to compete or would submit false or artificially high bids to clients after having agreed with competitors not to compete.
What happens if a whistleblower reports a bid-rigging or other type of illegal scheme?
The whistleblower is afforded certain protections and benefits when they report a bid rigging scheme. This is articulated in the federal False Claims act. The False Claim Act has a qui tam provision, allowing whistleblowers to receive significant compensation when their reporting leads to the prosecution of a company or individual involved in fraud against a government agency or other entity.
In a qui tam lawsuit, the claimant can file a lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. government; if the suit is successful, whistleblowers can receive up to 30 percent of any money recovered for the government as a whistleblower reward.
If you believe you have information regarding bid rigging or other illegal, anticompetitive conduct you may be able to receive protections and benefits for reporting that conduct. In addition, if you believe you may have participated in illegal bid rigging or anticompetitive conduct, the government is lenient to those who report the activities and offer cooperation.