Unveiled: A New Enforcement Method In GSK Settlement

Law360, New York (August 16, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT) -- GlaxoSmithKline's recent agreement to plead guilty and pay $3 billion to resolve its liability for the unlawful promotion of certain prescription drugs has been touted by the U.S. Department of Justice as the largest health care fraud settlement in history and the largest payment ever by a drug company. The GSK settlement continues a trend of large health care fraud settlements in recent years, most of which result from cases brought by the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office with assistance from DOJ prosecutors in Washington, D.C.

In 2009, Pfizer settled claims involving an array of different pharmaceuticals for $2.3 billion. That same...

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