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Outside Whistleblowers Key To $625M Amerisource FCA Deal

Law360 (October 5, 2018, 9:36 PM EDT) -- AmerisourceBergen Corp.'s recent $625 million False Claims Act settlement stemmed in no small part from misconduct uncovered by whistleblowers outside the company, showing that anyone with glimpses of shady business practices may be able to stitch together a massive fraud case.

The mammoth payout — among the 10 largest FCA deals in history involving pharmaceuticals — resulted from three suits filed by four whistleblowers. One of those whistleblowers was a consummate insider: Michael Mullen, a former chief operating officer at AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group who was also a member of Amerisource's corporate ethics committee.

But the other three whistleblowers weren't employed at...

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