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Pfizer False Claims Case Dropped at Request of Prosecutors (1)

April 4, 2019, 2:02 PMUpdated: April 4, 2019, 9:15 PM

The Justice Department properly requested dismissal of a false claims suit accusing EMD Serono Inc., Pfizer Inc., and others of engaging in a kickback scheme that defrauded Medicare and Medicaid, a federal court said.

The DOJ demonstrated that dismissal served the valid government purpose of avoiding litigation costs in a case that lacks sufficient factual and legal support, Judge Timothy J. Savage of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said.

Federal judges disagree on whether the DOJ can unilaterally decide to drop False Claims Act cases, and doing so can put the government at odds...

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