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Walgreens Stops Texas Pharmacist’s False Claims Act Suit

March 3, 2022, 2:28 PM

A Texas pharmacist failed to adequately allege that Walgreen Co. violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims for reimbursement to Medicare and Medicaid, the Fifth Circuit affirmed.

Whisteblower Bridgette Jacobs didn’t show that the 10 alleged examples of fraudulent billing in her complaint amounted to anything more than innocent mistakes or negligence, a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday in a nonprecedential opinion.

Jacobs characterized Walgreens’s actions as mistakes in her complaint, the court said.

After dismissing her original complaint, the district court gave Jacobs a chance to address the pleading ...