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Abbott Whistleblower Adds Claims to Medical Device Kickback Suit

Nov. 30, 2022, 3:25 PM

Abbott Laboratories Inc. must face additional state false claims law claims by a whistleblower which alleged it submitted payment claims for heart procedures that were tainted by kickbacks.

Everest Principals LLC’s amended complaint filed Sept. 22 addressed deficiencies with regard to claims that Abbott violated the California, Florida, Georgia, and New York false claims statutes, Judge Thomas J. Whelan of the US District Court for the Southern District of California said in a Tuesday order.

The whistleblower—a limited liability corporation whose sole member worked for Abbott from 2015 to 2017—asserts that the pharmaceutical giant paid kickbacks in the form of ...