What Does Qui Tam Mean?

What does “Qui Tam” Mean? “Qui Tam” means a type of law suit where a private person, known as a “relator,” can sue another person or entity on behalf of the government and receive a percentage of any recovery as a reward. Usually there has to be a qui tam provision in a statute in order for a relator to have legal standing to sue on behalf of the government.

A typical qui tam provision says, in substance, a relator must give all relevant information to the government to investigate and if government declares at the conclusion of its investigation that it is not interested in pursuing the matter then the relator can proceed with the case on his or her own. Of course, the government also has the option of joining the case and taking control over it.

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