“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most effective policeman.”
—Louis D. Brandeis
The first thing every potential whistleblower needs to know about the whistleblowing process is that it is long. Very long. Three years is considered a quick resolution and most cases will take even longer.
The second thing every potential whistleblower needs to know about the whistleblowing process is that it is hard. Very hard. Whistleblowing may cost you your job, your friends, your reputation, and your sense of wellbeing. While the financial rewards can be significant, almost every whistleblower will wonder if it was worth it in the end.
There is much more to know about the process, of course, and when you know what is coming you are more likely to succeed in your whistleblowing case. Our insider’s overview takes you through key details of the whole process—the pivotal moments and the periods of prolonged waiting and wondering—with hard-won experience and wisdom.
- Getting Ready
- Protect Yourself
- Blowing the Whistle
- Draft Your Complaint and Disclosure Statement
- Reach out to the Government
- File Your Complaint or Submission with the Government
- The Government Investigation
- The Government Investigates
- Relator Interview
- Ongoing Investigation
- Big Decisions
- Intervention or Declination? Settlement or Litigation?
- Liability Presentation
- Damages Presentation
- Resolutions and Rewards
- The Handshake
- The Uncertainty Before Final Settlement
- Fighting Over the Relator’s Share
- Moving Forward To Litigation
- Litigation With, and Without, Settlement
When is it worth it to blow the whistle? When it is a moral imperative, not a way to make money. When it is a hard road but the only road forward. Still not sure if you are ready to file a whistleblower case? Call 207-747-7639 or submit a case evaluation form to schedule a free, no-obligation, and completely confidential whistleblowing case review with Tim McCormack today.