Wisconsin Whistleblower Protection Cases
On July 12, 2015, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed into law the budget passed by the state legislature the previous week. The budget included a short rider that repeals Wisconsin’s 2007 False Claims for Medical Assistance Act, Wis. Stat. s. 20.931—the state’s version of the federal False Claims Act (FCA). Prior to its repeal, the law allowed relators to claim up to 30 percent of awards, and provided whistleblower protections and triple damages similar to the FCA.
CAUTION: Many States have enacted laws governing whistleblowing which, in some cases, abrogate an employee’s right to pursue common law remedies. Before filing a state whistleblower lawsuit, it is imperative to determine whether you are covered under a state law and how that law may interact with the common law “public policy” exception. Additionally, relevant state case law governing whistleblower protection is often subject to change. We strongly recommend a careful review of current state case law prior to filing a state whistleblower lawsuit. Please read our disclaimer. If you are pursuing a case under state law, we urge you to consult with an attorney familiar with those laws. If you are pursuing a claim under a state False Claims Act, and would like a consultation with the partners at Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, please fill out our consultation form here.
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Updated as of June 2017.