4th Circ. Clears Alpharma Of Ex-Sales Rep's Retaliation Claim

Law360, Los Angeles (August 14, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday dismissed allegations that Alpharma Inc. illegally fired a sales representative before she filed a False Claims Act suit that later settled for $42.5 million, saying there was no evidence the company knew she planned to sue.

A three-judge panel ruled that former Alpharma sales rep Debra Parks, who received $5.33 million when her qui tam lawsuit settled in March 2010, hadn't offered sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case that the pharmaceutical company retaliated by firing her in anticipation of...
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