But is it a “Material” Violation?

Some whistleblowers don’t understand they must allege material violations to qualify for a qui tam award.  They reason that any violation is enough.  It’s not that simple.  Some violations are relatively benign.  Those types of violations won’t adequately fuel a … Continue reading

Zaring Draws Fire for Criticizing the SEC Whistleblower Program

  David Zaring, an assistant professor of legal studies at the Wharton School of Business, wrote an article for the New York Times saying he had “second thoughts” about the SEC’s whistleblower program.  Leading qui tam advocates say Zaring misunderstands … Continue reading

Whistleblower Hurdles – Scheme Complexity

  Whistleblowers often develop their awareness of government fraud schemes over years. For me, I first had some nagging questions about what was going on; then, I studied those around me and formed a hypothesis.  I then watched for a … Continue reading

What’s Wrong with Financial Incentives Anyway?

The history of qui tam actions has been shaped largely by fears of the “parasitic” relator.  People are endlessly concerned that whistleblowers will somehow take advantage of the government and obtain a financial reward that the whistleblower doesn’t deserve. After … Continue reading

The Newest Qui Tam Program – Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Yesterday, I had a chance to visit with folks at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and I realized that the CFTC’s new whistleblower program is probably the one that gets the least attention. The CFTC whistleblower program and that of … Continue reading