qui tam action
qui tam action n: an action that is brought by a person on behalf of a government against a party alleged to have violated a statute esp. against defrauding the government through false claims and that provides for part of a penalty to go to the person bringing the action
the whistleblower brought a qui tam action against the contractor for presenting fraudulent claims for payment

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

qui tam action
an action by an informer that in the event of success results in the state and the informer sharing the penalty.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


qui tam action
(kwee-tam) Latin for "who as well," a lawsuit brought by a private citizen but brought for "the government as well as the plaintiff." This type of action is generally based on significant legal violations which involve fraudulent or criminal acts, and not technical violations or errors. If successful, the plaintiff ll be entitled to a percentage of the recovery of the penalty as a reward for exposing the wrongdoing and recovering funds for the government.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

qui tam action
[kwee tam]
n.
   from Latin for "who as well," a lawsuit brought by a private citizen (popularly called a "whistle blower") against a person or company who is believed to have violated the law in the performance of a contract with the government or in violation of a government regulation, when there is a statute which provides for a penalty for such violations. Qui tam suits are brought for "the government as well as the plaintiff." In a qui tam action the plaintiff (the person bringing the suit) will be entitled to a percentage of the recovery of the penalty (which may include large amounts for breach of contract) as a reward for exposing the wrongdoing and recovering funds for the government. Sometimes the federal or state government will intervene and become a party to the suit in order to guarantee success and be part of any negotiations and conduct of the case. This type of action is generally based on significant violations which involve fraudulent or criminal acts, and not technical violations and/or errors.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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