As we have noted in prior posts, the federal False Claims Act (FCA) allows individuals to bring suit against companies that commit fraud against the government. Whistleblowers who stand up against fraud are also called relators, and the monetary rewards that are afforded to them encourage them to speak up against government fraud. When the federal government (through the Department of Justice) joins in a FCA claim, the relator is able to recover up to 15 percent of the total recovery. If the federal government does not join the lawsuit, the relator can recover up to 30 percent of the recovery.
However, according to some FCA claim experts, cases where the Justice Department does not get involved do not usually result in recoveries.