At Stengle Law, we tailor our services to each client’s needs. Although whistleblowers are usually individuals, they can also be entities. There are an infinite number of scenarios where our services are beneficial, however, there are 4 primary entity client types.
1) Needs Type: You Are the Victim of Fraud or Misconduct
Your firm is defrauded by a business partner, an individual, a foreign entity or a service provider.
In addition to the recoveries available through other commonplace forms of civil litigation (tortious interference, breach of contract, anti-trust violations, etc.), you may be able to recover under a whistleblower bounty program. Regulators are likely to intervene if the complained of conduct is part of a larger pattern of systemic abuse. When trying to uncover a pattern of abusive behavior, the services of investigators and/or specialized legal personnel may be beneficial.
2) Needs Type: Your Competitor Gains an Unfair Advantage By Engaging in Fraud, Waste or Abuse
Your business competitor engages in civil or criminal fraud, resulting in your inability to compete in certain markets. You suffer because of your competitor’s misconduct.
Many entities follow regulations and laws scrupulously, incurring significant costs for compliance, only to find that they have been undercut by competitors who ignore or defy more costly rules and regulations. Your frustration is compounded if enforcement dismisses your complaints due to your so-called “conflict of interest in the outcome”. However, you can successfully address misconduct and abuse by competitors through whistleblower reward mechanisms. Additionally, you may be able to recover a large award to offset the losses you suffered as a result of a competitor’s misconduct.
3) Needs Type: You Uncover Fraud But Were Not Victimized
Your firm uncovers fraud while evaluating a company or industry in the normal course of business.
In instances such as this, a claim can be successfully prosecuted through several different bounty programs, even if your firm is not an “aggrieved party”. Under most whistleblower bounty programs, the statute only requires the plaintiff have primary knowledge of the fraud.
Indeed, there are a small number of “professional whistleblowers”, both individuals and entities, who develop lawsuits based on this body of law. Our team can help you.
4) Needs Type: Your Firm Wishes To Address Systemic Fraud and/or Misconduct
You have evolving goals based on a long-term strategy.
A large number of firms have become aware of systemic fraud, waste and abuse and want to do their part to address systemic misconduct for a wide variety of reasons. Investing in our comprehensive suite of services is a cost effective way to attain certain goals as part of a larger strategy. Whistleblower litigation can be an excellent option for this type of client because legal standing is fairly easy to obtain if the target is vulnerable to charges of fraud.
Stengle Law is comprised of systems change strategists who can use their knowledge of administrative, executive, legislative and litigative methods to achieve desired outcomes. Our firm is comprised of, and has access to, a discrete pool of corporate fraud experts who are skilled in reading enforcement systems trends. We can provide feedback about current enforcement efforts and a comprehensive assessment of local and federal regulatory climates. These types of assessments are important when creating a larger systems change strategy to assist clients in achieving their goals.
Whistleblower mechanisms and systems are extremely complex. Strategies for identifying the causes of fraud in particular environments must be identified on a case-by-case basis with responsible attention to the clients’ budgetary constraints. For an individualized assessment of how Stengle Law can help you, please call for a free consultation.