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Qui tam is ab abbreviation for the length Latin phrase “qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur,” literally meaning “[he] who sues in this matter for the king as well as for himself.” In modern jurisprudence it refers to a private individual called a relator. The government is the true plaintiff and receives the bulk of the proceeds in a successful action but the relator receives a share of the award.
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