UVA Whistleblower Nets Award In FCA Suit Over Health Grant

Law360, New York (October 16, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal jury on Friday awarded a former University of Virginia scientist $819,000 in his False Claims Act suit accusing two university administrators of retaliating against him for blowing the whistle on alleged misuse of a National Institutes of Health grant.

The jury awarded former U.Va. scientist Dr. Weihua Huang $500,000 in compensatory damages and about $320,000 in wages lost after accusing university professor Dr. Ming D. Li and Dr. Bankole A. Johnson, chairman of the university's department of psychiatry and neurobehavioral science, of declining to renew Huang's contract because he raised questions about purported misuse of an NIH grant...

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