Kickbacks and False Claims
More Fraud in Healthcare Industry
Recently, one of the country’s leading pharmaceutical companies settled a whistleblower’s False Claims Act (FCA) case against them for $13 million. The case, filed in 2009, was brought by two doctors/whistleblowers who alleged that defendant offered kickbacks to doctors for prescriptions of one of the pharmaceutical’s leading medications. The kickbacks artificially inflated demand for the drug and thus illegally increased claims for reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid. We here at Evans Law Firm have vast experience with all types of healthcare fraud cases including whistleblower (also known as “qui tam”) cases under the federal and California False Claims Acts. If you or a loved one has credible information of healthcare fraud, call us today at (415)441-8669 and we can help.
Whistleblower cases are invariably complex and this most recent case was no exception. The whistleblowers had years of extensive evidence regarding the kickback and incentive programs by which the pharmaceutical company influenced physicians to prescribe its drugs over that of the competition. The lucrative kickbacks allowed the company to charge more for its medications than the market could bear absent the kickbacks. Thus, the reimbursement requests for prescriptions were far higher than they would have been without the illegal promotional scheme.
This case began back in 2009. Whistleblower cases are always lengthy. We at Evans Law Firm can guide your case through the years stretching from the initial application or complaint and on through investigation and discovery and up and through trial. We know what kind of evidence the government looks for in these cases and can present your evidence and credible information effectively. Whistleblowers receive awards of up to 35% of the amount of recovery plus attorneys’ fees and costs. The effort is worth it but good counsel is indispensable.
If you or a loved one has information on a qui tam or healthcare fraud case, contact the Evans Law Firm qui tam and healthcare fraud attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our attorneys have experience with complex financial contracts and large insurance companies. We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.