According to statistics published by the Department of Justice (the “DOJ report”), 573 federal whistleblower complaints were filed under seal in 2010. The DOJ report also shows that 1,246 sealed qui tam complaints remain under investigation pending the government’s decision on intervention.
Of the 5,954 qui tam cases that have been unsealed between 1987 and 2010:
There are 139 active cases in which the government has intervened and 412 active cases in which the government has declined to intervene.
There have been 1,128 settlements in cases where the government intervened compared to 253 cases where the government declined to intervene.
Only 60 cases where the government has intervened have been dismissed, but 3,962 cases where the government declined to intervene have been dismissed.