US Sanctioned Over Lost Docs In CHS Medicare Fraud Suit

Law360, New York (October 4, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT) -- A New Mexico federal judge on Wednesday upheld a magistrate judge's recommendation that the government be sanctioned for failing to safeguard documents that may have aided hospital chain Community Health Systems Inc. in defending itself against a whistleblower's claims of Medicaid fraud.

U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson overruled the government's objections, and directed it to comply with the sanctions in the qui tam action recommended by Magistrate Judge Alan C. Torgerson in September, finding that the government waited too long to institute a so-called litigation...
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