Evolution Of A $237M FCA Health Care Verdict

Law360, New York (November 26, 2013, 5:50 PM EST) -- On Sept. 30, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina ordered entry of judgment on a jury verdict against Tuomey Healthcare System to the amount of $237,454,195 in treble damages and civil money penalties under the False Claims Act.

This was a qui tam action brought initially by a physician, Michael K. Drakeford, M.D., which the U.S. government later joined. According to the complaint, Tuomey entered into a number of financial relationships with physicians that violated the federal physician self-referral law,...
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