Court Shakes Head At Medtronic Whistleblower

Law360, New York (January 24, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a blow to a whistleblower who sued Medtronic Inc. on allegations that the medical device maker offered kickbacks to doctors who used the company’s spinal products, a court has tossed the action on the grounds that it is duplicative of a second whistleblower’s suit.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee on Wednesday granted the government’s motion to dismiss the qui tam lawsuit for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, ruling that the action was barred by both the first-to-file rule and the...
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