How Long Does a Whistleblower Case Take?

Unfortunately, whistleblower cases are complex and may take a substantial amount of time to resolve. There are multiple reasons why whistleblower cases take a long time. Many of these cases are highly complex and involve millions of dollars in fraud. Some whistleblower cases may also involve fraud allegations that happened in numerous states and jurisdictions. Getting to the bottom of such complicated fact patterns may take a long period of time. The attorneys at Swartz Swidler may explain the factors in your case that could add to its length so that you might have an idea of what to expect.

What are some reasons that whistleblower cases take so long?

While the government may want to get to the bottom of your case as soon as possible, it also has thousands of other claims that are proceeding at the same time. There are simply not enough staff to handle all of the cases quickly.

In addition, it will take some time for you and your attorney to build your case. After you do, it may take even longer for the government to review the file. If you remember something later that you forgot to include, your attorney will need to determine if you will be able to supplement your disclosures or instead file an amended complaint.

Steps of a qui tam lawsuit

There are several steps of a qui tam lawsuit, including the following:

  • Preparation of the relator’s statement
  • Filing of the relator’s statement with the government
  • Preparation of the complaint
  • Filing the complaint
  • Service of the complaint and disclosure statement with your evidence to the government
  • Waiting period
  • Government’s determination of whether or not it will intervene
  • If the government intervenes, it will attempt to settle or proceed to trial
  • If the government will not intervene, you will need to determine if you want to pursue your case in court

While these steps may take several years, they sometimes go faster. However, it is important for the government to have enough time to thoroughly investigate your claims so that the largest action against the defendants can be brought. In addition to these basic steps, there are many different intermediary steps that can also take more time. For example, the government might ask to unseal part of your case so that it can engage in settlement negotiations with the defendant. If that happens, the defendant will be able to present evidence to refute the allegations that you have made. You will then need to refute the refutations, which will take more time.

Contact Swartz Swidler

When you have uncovered evidence of extensive fraud against the government, it is important for you to understand that the case may take several years to reach its resolution. Contact the lawyers at Swartz Swidler to learn more about what you might expect.