Bristol-Myers Kickback Claims May Fall Flat, Judge Says

Law360, Los Angeles (September 12, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT) -- An employee whistleblower suit alleging Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. paid kickbacks to doctors who pushed its drugs may be on thin ice after a California judge indicated Thursday that the plaintiffs can't show the kickbacks caused bogus insurance claims for prescription drug coverage to be submitted.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kenneth R. Freeman tentatively granted Bristol-Myers' motion for summary judgment on the issue of whether California's Insurance Frauds Prevention Act applies to pharmaceutical marketing practices, agreeing with the drug company that the plaintiffs must prove a...
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