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What is the real payout?

Discussion in 'Ask an Employment Attorney' started by anonymous, Jun 28, 2019 at 9:14 PM.

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  1. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    The company I work for is shady with paying doc for scripts. It is mostly high prescribing non academic docs. I have thought for the last year of discussing this with an attorney but I realize this could be the end of my career. There is a TV show called "Whistleblower" There is a guy who blew the whistle on Cephalon and was fired and lost everything. The punitive settlement was 375 million. They said the guy walked away with 6.5million. I read the whistleblower gets between 15%-25%. I understand the attorney split and taxes but this guy got less than 2% of the reward. Sure 6.5million is alot but if the case settled for only 30 million you would only get $600,000. That's not enough to give up my career. Can you clarify the low payout compared to the large reward. Thanks

  2. Charles Joseph

    Charles Joseph New Member

    Nov 30, 2018
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    There are different types of whistleblower programs and each has its own set of rules for how successful whistleblowers are compensated. In general, the amount of reward depends on the quality of the information the whistleblower provides, whether there are multiple whistleblowers, and the quality and amount of assistance the whistleblower and the whistleblower’s lawyer contributed to the case.

    If you think you are in possession of information that could contribute to a whistleblower case, you should contact an experienced whistleblower attorney and discuss your options. You can always choose not to pursue any of those options.

    You can read more about whistleblower laws at Working: Now and Then.com.

    This response is not legal advice, but is general information only, based upon the information stated in the question and general legal principles. It is provided for general educational purposes of the public who may have similar questions, not for any specific individual or circumstance. It is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Legal issues depend on all the specific facts of a situation, which are not present here. If you would like to obtain specific legal advice about your issue, you must contact a local attorney who is licensed to practice law in your state.
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    You don't collect anything from the punitive damages, only from the normal damages. If you file the lawsuit yourself and win you would likely collect more than if the government filed it with you as its star witness.

    Btw, every company has hired speakers that are high rxers and not academicians. If they are paid per rx, now you may have a case. Or if you can prove they specifically enticed the Dr's to rx a lot to become a speaker, you might have a case.