Outcome: $350 Million
Tycko & Zavareei LLP partners Jonathan Tycko and Andrea Gold represented a whistleblower in one of the largest settlements ever won in a kickback case. Mr. Tycko and Ms. Gold helped the whistleblower bring a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act against Advanced Biohealing, Inc. (“ABH”). The suit alleged that ABH utilized illegal kickback schemes to sell its product, Dermagraft, to hospitals operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. That lawsuit initially filed in federal court in the District of Columbia and later transferred to the Middle District of Florida, resulted in many criminal convictions and a large settlement. Pharmaceutical company Shire, which had purchased ABH, agreed to pay $350 million to federal and state governments and remains one of the largest settlements awarded in a kickback case.