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Whistleblower Lawyers Comment on New England Journal of Medicine Study
Date:5/12/2010

-- or hoping -- that their employer will change. Whistleblowers generally are loyal employees. Unfortunately employers often tend to repay that loyalty by retaliating against those who speak out.  People often turn to us after they have been fired or have raised their concerns with management but nothing changes.  Typically, whistleblowers decide to file a "qui tam" lawsuit as a last resort. Most are motivated more by exposing wrongdoing and stopping what often are harmful or dangerous practices than by any hope for a reward."

Comments from Eric Havian, a San Francisco attorney with Phillips & Cohen LLP. One of his whistleblower cases resulted in the largest settlement ever paid by a defense contractor in a whistleblower case. (See http://www.phillipsandcohen.com/CM/NewsSettlements/NewsSettlements514.asp)

"Financial incentives are important for whistleblowers. They encourage people who otherwise wouldn't do so to step forward. Rewards can be lifesavers for these people, many of whom have been fired from their jobs, blackballed in their industries and unable to find other work or only find work for which they are overqualified and underpaid.  There is no guarantee that someone who files a qui tam lawsuit will end up
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