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Millennium Labs Whistleblower Beats Early Filers for $34M Award

May 6, 2019, 10:36 PM

A whistleblower who described a medical device company’s overbilling scheme in detailed terms, not earlier whistleblowers who made vaguer allegations, will get a $34 million reward, a federal appeals court held May 6.

Mark McGuire wasn’t the first whistleblower to file a False Claims Act lawsuit accusing Millennium Laboratories Inc. of encouraging doctors using its multi-drug testing kit to bill the government for too many follow-up tests, according to the ruling by the First Circuit. That was Robert Cunningham, a different one of the eight false claims plaintiffs.

But McGuire was the first to make the specific allegations the government ...