HeadlinesHare Wynn attorneys Scott Powell and Don McKenna represent one of four whistleblowers who brought False Claims Act suits against Novartis Pharmaceuticals for off-label marketing of Trileptal and paying illegal kickbacks to doctors in association with six other drugs. Hare Wynn’s client will receive a multi-million dollar share of the $25 million whistleblower award paid by the Justice Department to four former employee whistleblowers.
Scott Powell and Don McKenna were named 2009 Whistleblower Lawyers of the Year by the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund.
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Hare, Wynn lawyers Scott A. Powell and Don McKenna named 2009 False Claims Act Lawyers of the Year by Taxpayers Against Fraud for their work in achieving a $40 million settlement in the 15 year long non-intervened case of U.S. ex rel Pogue v. Diabetes Treatment Centers of America.http://www.taf.org/whistle257.htm
November 10, 2009, Hare Wynn Attorney Don McKenna speaks in Memphis, Tennessee on the False Claims Act at a Continuing Legal Education Seminar concerning Hot Topics in Healthcare. View the conference agenda here.
September 2009: Phizer agrees to the largest False Claims Act settlement in U.S. history. $2.3 billion to settle charges related to off-label marketing of prescription drugs. Several whistleblowers will share more than $90 million in whistleblower awards. http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2009/September/09-aag-900.html
May 2009: FERA Amendments to the False Claims Act broaden the scope of the Act and provide greater Whistleblower protection. Read the amendments.
Documented examples of False Claims
Eli Lilly and Company Agrees to Pay $1.415 billion to Resolve Off-label Promotioin of Zyprexa. Click Here
Indiana Home Health Agency Pays Nearly $2 million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations. Click Here
Alabama-Based Hospice Company Pays $24.7 Million to Settle Health Care Fraud Claims. Click Here
Dallas Independent School District Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Involving E-Rate Program. Click Here
Dynamics Research Corporation to Pay $15 Million to Resolve Allegations of Kickbacks and False Claims Related to Air Force Contracts. Click Here
L-3 Communications Corp. Pays U.S. $4 Million to Settle Overbilling Allegations on Iraq War Contract. Click Here
EGL Pays U.S. to Resolve False Claims & Kickback Allegations Related to Overseas Shipments for the Military. Click Here
National City Mortgage to Pay $4.6 Million to Settle False Claims Allegations Involving Federally Insured Mortgages. Click Here
Merck to Pay More than $650 Million to Resolve Claims of Fraudulent Price Reporting and Kickbacks. Click Here
The Scooter Store to Pay United States $4 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations. Click Here
SCCI Health Services & Subsidiary Pay U.S. $7.5 Million for Kickback & False Claims Act Violations. Click Here
Schering-Plough To Pay $345 Million To Resolve Criminal And Civil Liabilities For Illegal Marketing Of Claritin - Click Here
Southwest Florida Radiologists To Pay U.S. $2.5 Million For Allegedly Overcharging Medicare - Click Here
Warner-Lambert To Pay $430 Million To Resolve Criminal & Civil Health Care Liability Relating To Off-Label Promotion - Click Here
Tap Pharmaceutical Products, Inc. and seven others charged with health care crimes; agrees to pay $875 million to settle charges - Click Here
NASA contractor to pay $2.5 million to resolve false claims allegations - Click Here
Shell Oil to pay United States $110 million for underpayment of oil royalties - Click Here
Settlement reached with Ohio firm that armor-plated military Hummer four-wheel-drive vehicles - Click Here
NASA space shuttle contractors settle fraud allegations against Boeing; United Space Alliance to pay fine - Click Here
Nevada defense contractor will pay $320,000 for selling untested electronic parts to military- Click Here
Chevron agrees to pay $95 million to resolve underpayment of oil royalties - Click Here
Mississippi shipbuilding company agrees to pay $2.25 million to settle claims that it overbilled the Navy - Click Here
Two companies settle with U.S. for underpayment of coal royalties - Click Here
Defense contractors will pay $4.5 million to settle allegations they overcharged Navy or military contracts - Click Here
Vendell Healthcare pays $4.2 million to settle whistleblower suit for healthcare insurance fraud - Click Here
Take a look at some other qui tam cases, or search the Law.com database.