Firm Beats Back $100 Million False Claims Act Case Against Hospital, Management, and Doctors
The firm won a dismissal of a massive False Claims Act case that had targeted a hospital, its managers, and several physicians.
A nurse who worked at Gardens Regional Hospital (also known as Tri-City Regional Medical Center) claimed that physicians had admitted scores of patients to the hospital who did not need to be admitted, and submitted false claims for reimbursement to Medicare. The firm filed a motion to dismiss contending that a nurse’s disagreement with doctors’ complex decision to admit a patient could not give rise to an objectively false statement, which is required under the False Claims Act. The Honorable John F. Walter agreed, dismissing the entire case against the hospital, its management companies, and all the physicians with prejudice.
The nurse had been seeking damages and fines upwards of $100 million.