Chicago Says High Court Ruling Supports Its Opioid Suit

By Shayna Posses (June 22, 2016, 3:56 PM EDT) -- The city of Chicago contended on Tuesday that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision saying corporations can face False Claims Act liability for billing the government when not complying with regulations that aren't explicit about conditions of payment supports litigation accusing drugmakers of deceptive marketing of addictive painkillers.

Chicago argued that the high court's June 16 decision in Universal Health Services v. Escobar supports the city's argument that "implied certification" is a viable theory under the  False Claims Act and, by extension, the municipality's false claims ordinance. And thus, the city said, this bolstered its claims that companies including Purdue Pharma...

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