Safeway Must Face Inflated Drug Price Suit

Law360, New York (December 1, 2016, 10:40 PM EST) -- Grocery chain Safeway Inc. cannot escape a False Claims Act suit accusing it of overbilling federal and state health care programs for prescription drugs, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Richard Mills denied Safeway's request that the lawsuit, brought by pharmacist Thomas Proctor, be dismissed for a bevy of reasons, including the fact that the company operates no stores in the Central District of Illinois, where the case is currently located.

If the chain, which operates more than 1,000 pharmacies in 20 states,...
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