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QUI TAM, remedies. Who as well. When a statute imposes a penalty, for the doing or not doing an act, and gives that penalty in part to whosoever will sue for the same, and the other part to the commonwealth, or some charitable, literary, or other institution, and makes it recoverable by action, such actions are called qui tam actions, the plaintiff describing himself as suing as well for the commonwealth, for example, as for himself. Espin. on Pen. Act. 5, 6; 1 Vin. Ab. 197; 1 Salk. 129 n.; Bac. Ab. h.t.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Either qui tams have not been filed, which is not the case, or they have not yet come out," Rasor claims.
The exact number of qui tam cases stuck in legal limbo is unknown because the cases are kept under strict seal.
Not a single qui tam case against war contractors has been joined by the Bush administration DOJ despite the possibility of recovering billions of dollars for the US taxpayer and reining in war profiteers, who continue to cheat and defraud the government and the US troops mired in battle.
The qui tam cases may provide the missing link: the voices of individual employees who can give first hand accounts of the profiteering.
The FCA permits whistleblowers to file suits (called qui tams) on behalf of the United States against those who defraud the government and allows whistleblowers to share in the recoveries.
The False Claims Act, which is enforced by the Department of Justice, permits whistleblowers to file suits (called qui tams) on behalf of the United States against those who defraud the government, then allows whistleblowers to share in the resultant recoveries.