If someone goes to the DOJ as a whistleblower on a criminal issues and later learn there is a civil component...

Asked almost 2 years ago - New York, NY

but they have not been harmed directly does that qualify as a whistleblower for a potential award of some kind. The government has not been damaged however creditors in a bankruptcy case have. Who do I go to about this.

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  1. Russell E. Adler

    Contributor Level 12

    Answered . Your question is a bit unclear. Are you saying you are a whistleblower for a criminal issue and a civil case was later brought against the company or that you raised a criminal issue and there is some civil liability as well? There are numerous whistleblower laws and it's not clear what the nature of the issue is, so it is hard to answer your question. Please add more detail regarding the entity at issue, the nature of the complaint (without identifying the parties of course) etc.

  2. Vincent Peter White

    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . I am sorry, we would need more information to provide you a proper answer. As a general rule, if you were not harmed then it is unlikely you could recover. That being said, contact an experienced employment attorney.

    This answer does not constitute legal advice and you should contact an attorney to confirm or research further any... more

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