Quest To Pay $6M To End Blood Test FCA Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (April 28, 2017, 8:34 PM EDT) -- Quest Diagnostics Inc. agreed to pay $6 million to escape a long-running False Claims Act suit accusing a company it acquired of shelling out kickbacks to doctors who referred patients for blood tests, the government said Friday.

Quest had acquired Berkeley HeartLab Inc. in 2011 after Dr. Michael Mayes had already lodged his whistleblower suit accusing the lab of paying physicians to refer patients for testing, spurring doctors to send people in for bloodwork that wasn’t necessary, according to a government statement. Quest stopped the kickbacks, but the litigation raged on.

The parties told the court nearly a year ago that...

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