1778 Continental Congress & The Qui Tam Law
The Whistleblower & Qui Tam Blog (WQTB)
Mary Jane Wilmoth, Editor
The Whistleblower & Qui Tam Blog (WQTB) ia a blog of the law firm for whistleblowers Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto (KK&C). It provides the most up-to-date and behind the scenes insight into the world of whistleblowing. The word whistleblowing is a key group today exposing government corruption. In a world where the government commits more and more crimes, a whistleblower often yields more power than our elected members of government.
The WQTB is edited by Mary Jane Wilmoth, the Managing Partner of KK&C). It is perhaps one of the more important publications in the nation right now for the cause of Freedom. The WQTB collects probably the greatest amount of news on whistleblower activity in America. It is not difficult to see the whistleblower area expanding in the current era of government corruption.
Based on a section from the doument of 1778 from the Continental Congress the original whistleblower law was based on the old common law writ of qui tam through which private invidiuals who assist a prosecution can receive for themselves all or part of the damages or financial penalties recovered by the government as a result of the prosecution. Its name is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur, meaning “[he] who sues in this matter for the king as well as for himself.”
“The duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge.” Qui Tam Law / Continental Congress
The KKC law firm offers a path forward for any whistleblowers today about any corruption they report in government based around the early Qui Tam law. The writ fell into disuse in England after the Common Informers Act of 1951 but remains current in the United States under the False Claims Act in the U.S. Code. The law allows a private individual (whistleblower) with knowledge of past or present fraud committed against the federal government to bring suit on its behalf.
A mix of a number of things like duty, ethics, morality and patriotism, party politics are reasons invidiviuals come forward as whistleblowers. Apart from these personal values, there is also the financial gain possible for modern day whistleblowers. The judgements can be huge such as one against an international bank listed on the KK&C website.
Visit Mary Jane Wilmoth’s important WQTB and hear stories of those who have stepped forward as whistleblowers. And visit the KK&C law firm for an introduction into the leading advocates for whistleblowers.