Blackstone Medical Inc., a medical device manufacturer, and former orthopedic surgeon Patrick Chan, paid $3.3 million to settle allegations in a qui tam whistleblower action that Blackstone paid kickbacks to surgeons who used Blackstone products.
VSG’s qui tam lawyers, while in private practice and previously with the Department of Justice, have successfully represented whistleblowers and the government, winning many significant False Claims Act recoveries and qui tam settlements. Our whistleblower lawsuits have received national coverage in the media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and 60 Minutes.
The following are summaries of some of our cases.
Becton Dickinson & Co., a medical device manufacturer, paid $3.3 million to settle a qui tam whistleblower case alleging that the contractor overcharged the Department of Veterans Affairs for devices after failing to disclose more favorable prices provided to commercial customers.
M/A Com, Inc., a defense manufacturer, paid $3 million to resolve a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it falsified testing documents for a product used on military aircraft.
ESM Group Inc., a manufacturer of magnesium products, paid $2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by causing the sale of infrared countermeasure flares to the U.S. Army that did not conform to contract requirements, and by knowingly evading U.S. Customs duties on magnesium powder it imported from China.
Drew Medical Center, Inc., a Florida diagnostic radiology company, agreed to pay approximately $1.5 million to resolve qui tam whistleblower claims in a qui tam suit that it systemically charged Medicare for venograms although the company was not performing those procedures.