qui tam action
- A lawsuit initiated by a citizen for both the government and themselves against significant legal violations, often fraudulent or criminal acts, with the intention of exposing the wrongdoing and recovering funds; if successful, the plaintiff receives a share of the recovered funds
- The whistleblower launched a qui tam action after discovering rampant fraud in the government contract.
- Under the False Claims Act, private individuals may file a qui tam action against entities that are defrauding the government.
- If she had not taken the courage to file the qui tam action, the embezzlement may have gone unnoticed.