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$125 Million Settlement – Warner Chilcott Whistleblower Lawsuit

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Warner Chilcott to pay $125 Million to resolve kickback allegations. Seeger Weiss LLP represented relators in historic healthcare fraud whistleblower lawsuit.

Seeger Weiss LLP, along with The Simmer Law Group and MoloLamken, represented the two former Warner Chilcott drug sales representatives who brought the whistleblower lawsuit.

According to DOJ, the company’s marketing scheme involved paying kickbacks to health care professionals to prescribe its drugs as well as filling out and submitting fraudulent prior authorization requests to evade Medicare and Medicaid formulary restrictions, also a violation of patients’ privacy protections under HIPAA. In addition to Warner Chilcott pleading guilty, DOJ also today announced the indictments of former company president Carl Reichel and district managers Timothy Garcia and Landon Eckles. On Tuesday, DOJ filed an indictment against Rita Luthra, a Massachusetts physician. Last July, district manager Jeffrey Podolosky also pled guilty.

“Our clients were heroic in coming forward with these allegations and assisting DOJ with its investigation,” said relators’ counsel, Stephen A. Weiss of Seeger Weiss LLP in New York. “It’s deeply gratifying that their perseverance and dedication has resulted in these criminal indictments and the end of Warner Chilcott’s corrupt practices. They each actively cooperated with the government’s criminal investigation for many months, helping to confirm just how important and valuable the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act are in rooting out and bringing an end to corporate fraud.”

The civil settlement was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sonya Rao and Susan Poswistilo of Ortiz’s Civil Division and Trial Counsel Colin Huntley of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

About Seeger Weiss LLP
Founded in 1999, Seeger Weiss LLP has successfully represented relators in a myriad of qui tam “whistleblower” proceedings.  A trial firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Seeger Weiss litigates each case as if it is going to go the distance.  We are determined to level the playing field and give a voice for our clients.  The results we achieve are characteristic of our unwavering commitment to obtain justice for our clients and our belief in the system that provides for it.

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