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.
Law Dictionary – Alternative Legal Definition
Latin: “Who as well”. An action brought by an informer, under a statute which establishes a penalty for the commission or omission of a certain act and provides that the same shall be recoverable in a civil action, part of the penalty to go to any person who will bring such action and the remainder to the state or some other Institution, is called a “qui tam action;” because the plaintiff states that he sues as well for the state as for himself. See In re Barker, 56 Vt 14; Grover v. Morris, 73 N. Y. 478. Qui tar dins solvit, minus solvit. He who pays more tardily [than he ought] pays less [than he ought] Jenk. Cent 58. Qui timent, carent vitant. They who fear, take care and avoid. Branch, Princ Qui totum dioit nihil encipit. He who says all excepts nothing. Qui Tult deeipi, deeipiatur. Let him who wishes to be deceived, be deceived.