Litigation Areas

Whistleblower

Sometimes a single voice can bring about justice for many. Motley Rice supports whistleblowers who feel corporate wrongdoing should be uncovered.

Filing a whistleblower claim can be a complex and trying endeavor. However, a number of regulations have been implemented in recent years that increase the protections and rewards available to those willing to step forward for the sake of the public interest. We know that confidentiality is of the utmost importance, and we protect our clients to the best of our ability.

Our Experience Representing Whistleblowers

Motley Rice attorneys worked with one of the most well-known whistleblowers, Jeffrey Wigand, whose story was depicted in the movie The Insider. Wigand, a former executive with tobacco company Brown & Williamson, blew the whistle on the company for intentionally producing its cigarettes with chemicals such as ammonia and coumarin to increase nicotine delivery to the smoker. During his whistleblower journey, Motley Rice attorneys were with him every step of the way.

Motley Rice attorneys have represented numerous individuals in a broad range of whistleblower lawsuits, including SEC and qui tam, as well as those who have exposed fraudulent practices by companies such as:

  • Defense procurement contractors
  • Financial services companies
  • For-profit colleges
  • Healthcare providers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Tobacco companies

In all cases, we work with potential whistleblowers to protect their rights and help them file accurate and thorough reports through the applicable institution.

Contact a Whistleblower Attorney

For additional information regarding whistleblower programs and protections, or to discuss a potential claim, contact our whistleblower team for a confidential consultation by email or at 1.800.768.4026.

Types of Whistleblower Cases

Whistleblower cases vary depending on the type of information being made available as well as the type of institution(s) that the information concerns.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower

Of all whistleblower protection provisions, the SEC whistleblower program established by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act contains some of the strongest. There are numerous types of improper acts that give rise to an SEC whistleblower claim, including corporate fraud, insider trading and theft of funds. 

Qui Tam Whistleblower

Qui tam whistleblowers are typically private citizens who have significant, original information regarding past or present fraud against the government and file a suit on the government’s behalf. While healthcare fraud comprises the bulk of qui tam cases, qui tam whistleblower suits may also involve fraudulent billing of government entities or off-label marketing of pharmaceuticals, among others.

Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC), IRS and Other Whistleblower Programs

Several programs exist that cover a broad range of areas where covert wrongdoing may occur. CFTC whistleblowers are also covered by the Dodd-Frank Act and bring similar confidentiality terms and potential rewards. Along with provisions and protections for IRS and CFTC whistleblowers, other programs work to protect the rights of whistleblowers in a number of trades and occupations.