“In this case our client, the relator, came forward with important information about business practices at Biotronik that needed to change, said Brooks Cutter.
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) November 06, 2014
C. Brooks Cutter of Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff announced today that Biotronik, Inc. has agreed to pay $4.9 million to the United States to resolve allegations by the firm’s whistleblower client that Biotronik violated the False Claims Act by illegally providing monetary and other incentives to physicians so that they would implant Biotronik devices ultimately paid for by Medicare and other federal health care systems.
“In this case our client, the relator, came forward with important information about business practices at Biotronik that needed to change. Our office worked closely with Assistant United States Attorney Catherine Swann and Co-counsel Mychal Wilson in developing the case and we are pleased to have this resolution,” said Brooks Cutter.
Biotronik’s Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) business produces and markets pacemakers to treat patients with bradycardia (too-slow heartbeat), implantable defibrillators to help patients with tachycardia (too-fast heartbeat), and diagnostic and monitoring devices that diagnose heart-related syncope (unexplained fainting), among other products. Biotronik also makes leads that connect these devices to the heart.
The lawsuit alleges that Biotronik illegally provided monetary and other incentives for doctors willing to implant their devices, as an effort to increase sales of their CRM products. Biotronik instructed and trained their sales representatives, business and marketing managers, and other Biotronik employees to provide physicians with cash payments, consulting jobs for family members, automobiles, expensive trips and meals, and entertainment in exchange for the physicians’ agreement to implant their devices.
The settlement was achieved through the coordinated efforts of Brooks Cutter, his partner John R. Parker, Jr., Assistant United States Attorney Catherine Swann, and Co-counsel Mychal Wilson.
Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff LLP is a Sacramento-based civil justice law firm that has successfully represented individuals nationwide in multiple lawsuits involving the False Claims Act. The firm is also recognized for their successful track record representing clients in defective medical devices, dangerous drugs, product liability, and class action matters.
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In re: United States et al. v. Biotronik, Inc., No. 2:09-CV-03617 KJM EFB (E.D. Cal.)