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Whistleblower "Qui Tam" Lawsuits

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A Whistleblower is not a disloyal employee;  a whistleblower is a patriotic good American citizen!

The Mulligan Law Firm is actively investigating potential whistleblower claims. 

Whistleblower claims are also known as “qui tam” claims.

A  qui tam legal action is any legal action where a private individual who helps a claim (i.e. starts a claim) can receive all or part of any penalty imposed.   Its name is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase, qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur, meaning "One who sues in this matter for the king as well as for himself."

Such legal actions can be brought in the United States  under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq., which allows for a private individual, or "whistleblowers," with knowledge of past or present fraud committed against the federal government to bring suit on its behalf.  The whistleblower receives a percentage of the settlement, often 15% or more. 

Blowing the whistle on fraud and/or corruption can be a very complicated and difficult situation.  If you are considering being a whistleblower, you need an attorney with experience handling cases against major corporations. 

The Mulligan Law Firm has experience working in many legal actions against major pharmaceutical corporations.   The Mulligan Law Firm can assist citizens in whistleblower lawsuits filed on the government’s behalf.

We can help you navigate the complex laws involved, such as the False Claims Act.    You may have a right to a reward from actions in which your knowledge, initiative, and information helped the government obtain money owed by companies and/or individuals.

Contact a whistleblower attorney at The Mulligan Law Firm today!

It is very important to potentially file whistleblower lawsuits as soon as possible as the government has what is called a “first to file” rule.  Only the first person who takes the initiative to file a claim against an entity that allegedly defrauded the government is usually allowed to obtain portion of that governmental award. 

The goal is to encourage people to come forward as soon as possible, and not delay.

You may have a potential claim to help the government obtain what is rightfully due to the government even if you have personally suffered no financial harm. 

Individuals have collected an average of 16%, and sometimes as high as 30% of government recoveries in whistleblower claims.   It is estimated that over twenty billion dollars has been recovered by the U.S. government in such lawsuits since the mid-1980’s. 

Many whistleblowers have received rewards ranging from a few thousand dollars to tens of millions of dollars.

Cases of fraud against the government come in many varieties, and The Mulligan Law Firm is particularly interested in hearing about claims involving health care fraud by pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, hospital corporations, clinical laboratories, insurance companies, and other pharmaceutical related industries.  Such fraud often involves the Medicare and Medicaid programs where drugs or medical services are paid for by the government.

Although most qui tam whistleblower claims are federal, some states also have provisions for whistleblower actions.  Many states have whistleblower laws that protect in various ways those who bravely come forward to help end fraud and corruption against the government.

Pharmaceutical companies may be liable under the False Claims Act for Medicare and Medicaid fraud in any situation where the government loses money either indirectly or directly. 

Any of the following may entitle you to a potential share of the recovery in a whistleblower action.  Please contact us immediately if you have information or evidence about:

• Pharmaceutical Companies or sales representatives paying kickbacks and inducements to doctors / physicians, pharmacists, and/or hospitals to prescribe or in any manner favor their drugs.
• Off-label marketing of drugs / medications.
• Selling, manufacturing, or distributing adulterated pharmaceutical drugs;  i.e. where the required standards of safety, quality, correct strength, and/or purity of drugs have not been met. 
• Kickbacks or any other fraudulent activity by pharmaceutical companies.
• Providing false data to the FDA or withholding negative information / data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning the efficacy of a drug and/or medical device during clinical research trials to get FDA approval to sell / market the medication, drug, or device. 
• Manufacturing, diverting, selling, etc., tainted or substandard drugs.
• Misrepresentation of the “federal ceiling price” or “best price” or other benchmark prices that pharmaceutical companies report to the Medicaid and Medicare programs.
• Overcharging on “340B” program drugs.
• Non-conformance to government contract specifications.
• Fraudulently billing the government for work not performed.
• Overvaluing leases or rents that the government must pay.
• Passing incomplete work off as complete.
• Improper billing practices.
• Over pricing of any kind.
• Double billing.
• Final billing on unfinished contracts.
• Inappropriate travel grants.
• Wasteful University Studies.
• University Grant Fraud.
• Accounting not in compliance with GAAP.
• Deliberate delivery delay for government contracted services.
• Deliberate production delay for government contracted services
• False or overstated “padded” legal billing for government entities by major law firms.
• Non-conformance with federal wage and employment laws.
• Quality Control Failures on Government Contracted Services
• Excessive markup on external vendor services and products resold to the government.
• Excessive and unnecessary products and services on goods / contracts sold to the government.
• Delivery of poor quality goods or services to the government.

 



Top 20 Largest Pharmaceutical Company Settlements, 1991-2010

 



Company;  Total Penalty;  Violation(s);  Year;  Major Drug Products Involved;  Laws Allegedly Violated (if applicable)
 
  • GlaxoSmithKline; $3.4 billion; Financial Violation; 2006.
  • Pfizer; $2.3 billion; Unlawful Promotion / Kickbacks; 2009; Bextra / Geodon / Zyvox / Lyrica; False Claims Act / Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act.
  • Eli Lilly; $1.4 billion; Unlawful Promotion; 2009; Zyprexa; False Claims Act / Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act. 
  • TAP Pharmaceutical Products; $875 million; Overcharging Govt Health Programs / Kickbacks; 2001; Lupron; False Claims Act / Prescription Drug Marketing Act.   
  • GlaxoSmithKline; $750 million; Poor Manufacturing Practices; 2010; Kytril / Bactroban / Paxil CR / Avandamet; False Claims Act / Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act.
  • Serono; $704 million; Unlawful Promotion / Kickbacks / Monopoly Practices; 2005; Serostim; False Claims Act.     
  • Merck; $650 million; Overcharging Govt Health Programs / Kickbacks; 2008; Zocor / Vioxx / Pepcid; False Claims Act / Medicaid Rebate Statute.     
  • Purdue; $601 million; Unlawful Promotion; 2007; Oxycontin; False Claims Act.   
  • Allergan; $600 million; Unlawful Promotion; 2010; Botox; False Claims Act / Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act.    
  • AstraZeneca; $520 million; Unlawful Promotion / Kickbacks; 2010; Seroquel; False Claims Act.    
  • Bristol‐MyersSquibb; $515 million; Unlawful Promotion / Kickbacks / Overcharging Govt Health Programs; 2007; Abilify / Serzone; False Claims Act / Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act.    
  • Schering‐Plough; $500 million; Poor Manufacturing Practices; 2002; Claritin; FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices.    
  • Schering‐Plough; $435 million; Unlawful Promotion / Kickbacks / Overcharging Govt Health Programs; 2006; Temodar / Intron A / K‐Dur / Claritin RediTabs; False Claims Act / Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act.    
  • Pfizer; $430 million; Unlawful Promotion; 2004; Neurontin; False Claims Act / Food,Drug, and Cosmetics Act.      
  • Cephalon; $425 million; Unlawful Promotion; 2008; Actiq / Gabatril / Provigil; False Claims Act / Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act.    
  • Novartis; $423 million; Unlawful Promotion / Kickbacks; 2010; Trileptal; False Claims Act / Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act.    
  • AstraZeneca; $355 million; Overcharging Govt Health Programs; 2003; Zoladex; Prescription Drug Marketing Act.    
  • Schering‐Plough; $345 million; Overcharging Govt Health Programs / Kickbacks; 2004; Claritin; False Claims Act / Anti‐Kickback Statute.    
  • Forest Laboratories; $313 million; Unlawful Promotion / Concealing Study Findings / Kickbacks / Illegal Distribution; 2010; Levothyroid /Celexa / Lexapro; False Claims Act / Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics Act.    
  • Johnson & Johnson (State settlement); $258 million; Unlawful Promotion; 2010; Risperdal; Medical Assistance Program Integrity Law.

This list of Top 20 Largest Pharmaceutical Company Settlements is located in:  Sammy Almashat, M.D., M.P.H.,  Charles Preston, M.D., M.P.H., Timothy Waterman, B.S., Sidney Wolfe, M.D., Rapidly Increasing Criminal and Civil Monetary Penalties Against the Pharmaceutical Industry:  1991 – 2010, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, December 16, 2010.

If you or a loved one have a whistleblower claim we would like to speak with you.   The Mulligan Law Firm is particularly interested in speaking to individuals with claims in Texas, Pennsylvania, California and Florida, but please call regardless of where you live in the United States or elsewhere if you believe you have a Qui Tam Whistleblower action to discuss with our attorneys. 

Any delay may cause you to lose your potential legal rights permanently. 

If you have information or evidence about practices that are defrauding the government, and you wish to come forward, please contact a whistleblower attorney at The Mulligan Law Firm as soon as possible.  Do not delay, as your legal rights, and potential compensation for your claim, may be lost forever if you wait.    Free initial consultation and evaluation of your potential claim. 

Who We Are
The Mulligan Law Firm, a national law firm located in Dallas, Texas, provides legal information and resources for injured individuals and their families. The firm has successfully resolved over $600,000,000 in claims for its clients. Formed in 1995, it has been helping people for almost 15 years, with the strength and experience to represent plaintiffs in all 50 states.

We take all cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means you do not pay for our services unless you receive an award or compensation.

Do not delay, as your rights and compensation may be lost forever if you wait.  Contact us now by filling out a form on this website or calling the toll free number at the top of our home page, 866-529-0001. 

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