Judge Axes $500M FCA Suit Over Public Info-Based Claims

Law360, New York (February 26, 2013, 8:21 PM EST) -- A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday threw out a decade-old $500 million False Claims Act suit against 24 pharmaceutical companies, including Actavis Mid-Atlantic LLC and Abbott Laboratories Inc., saying the allegations were based on public disclosures rather than the relator’s own information.

U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the 10th amended complaint, saying she lacked subject matter jurisdiction. Relator Constance A. Conrad accused the drug manufacturers, distributors and labelers of fraudulently misrepresenting their products as “covered outpatient drugs” eligible for...
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