Government Announces $41.6 Million Settlement In Healthcare Kickbacks Case
Whistleblowers Rewarded $10 Million
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in a recent press release that a large diagnostic laboratory has agreed to pay the U.S. $41.6 million in settlement fees, in addition to an exclusion period preventing the lab from participating in any federal health care programs for twenty-five years. According to the government investigation, defendant was allegedly bribing physicians to refer their patients to defendant’s laboratories for tests eligible for federal reimbursement, and would then allegedly use that money to bribe more physicians, which violates the Anti-Kickback Statute of the False Claims Act (FCA). Six different lawsuitswere brought by whistleblowers with these allegations, and with them all now resolved, the whistleblowers will be entitled to 25-30% of the settlement, which could be upwards of $10 million.
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 The six whistleblower cases are: United States ex rel. Bergeron v. UTC Labs., LLC, et al., No. 16-15440 (E.D. La.); United States ex rel. McNeil v. Tarun Jolly, UTC Labs., LLC, et al., No. 14-2247 (E.D. La.); United States ex rel. Green & Lawson v. UTC Labs., LLC d/b/a Renaissance RX & Stone Surgical, LLC, No. 15-297 (E.D. La.); United States ex rel. Church v. UTC Labs., LLC d/b/a Renaissance RX, No. 15-877 (E.D. La.); United States ex rel. Outerbridge v. UTC Labs., LLC d/b/a Renaissance RX, No. 15-1445 (E.D. La.). Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in any of the cases.