Just about everyone with a full time job has some sort of beef with his or her company, and some may suspect that there are illegal goings-on at the highest levels of the business. But that doesn’t mean that everyone is a potential whistleblower. Whistleblower cases, whether stemming from financial corruption or false claims, can be tricky, and it takes expertise and resources to parse out and fully pursue the best ones.
One firm that specializes in whistleblower cases is Sanford Heisler LLP. In the past year, the firm has settled three significant qui tam actions against large corporations with assistance from the Department of Justice, and has filed 12 other whistleblower actions throughout the United States.
Sanford Heisler receives a number of potential whistleblower cases every year and must decide which ones are the strongest. “The first consideration is asking ‘Who is this individual? What type of witness will he make? What are his motivations and the credibility of his claims?” Brooks says. “The hallmark of a strong whistleblower would be someone who is knowledgeable in the subject matter underlying the potential claims, someone who has a level of responsibility and credibility in the company.”
A strong witness knows that the company is doing something wrong and can come to an attorney with the knowledge of regulations that were violated in the industry or is aware of how company wrongdoing resulted in the violations of government contracts, for example.