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What is the “public disclosure” bar? - Qui Tam Team
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What is the “public disclosure” bar?

 

If a qui tam case is based upon facts or allegations that have been publicly disclosed, then the whistleblower or relator is barred from receiving any reward in the event of a recovery, except, however, where the relator is considered an “original source”.  An original source is someone who has direct and independent knowledge of the facts or allegations and provided that information to the government before filing suit.  If you are considering filing a qui tam suit, it is important that you retain knowledgeable and experienced qui tam attorneys who understand the public disclosure bar and original source exception in order to maximize the likelihood of receiving an award.

 
 
 

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