Baxter Relators Can't Reopen $30M Price Inflation Suit

Law360, New York (May 31, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday blocked a bid by two relators to reopen a $29.8 million lawsuit in multidistrict litigation accusing pharmaceutical companies of reporting inflated average wholesale prices of drugs to Medicaid and Medicare, finding the court lacked jurisdiction due to the first-to-file rule.

U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris held that the move to reopen the qui tam suit against Baxter Healthcare Corp. brought by relator Ven-A-Care of the Florida Keys Inc. failed, as the complaint brought by a former Baxter executive and...
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