WASHINGTON, DC, September 29, 2015 – The National Law Journal has recognized Phillips & Cohen LLP as one of its “2015 Elite Trial Lawyers” based on the success of its whistleblower cases.
“Our selections represent those law firms that are on the cutting edge of plaintiffs-side work in the United States and that have achieved exemplary results for their clients,” said The National Law Journal in a statement.
The National Law Journal listed Phillips & Cohen as one of the top five firms in the employment law practice area.
Phillips & Cohen had several major cases settle this year. The law firm represented a whistleblower in a qui tam lawsuit against Office Depot that returned $68.5 million to the government and cities in California for allegedly overcharging for office supplies.
In February, Community Health Systems agreed to pay $75 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought by Phillips & Cohen. The case stemmed from allegations that donated hospital funds were improperly used to increase federal payments.
Last week, Phillips & Cohen helped secure a $118.7 million settlement from Adventist Health Systems to cover a qui tam lawsuit that alleged Adventist paid doctors to lock in patient referrals to their hospitals, which would violate the Stark Act.
Phillips & Cohen’s whistleblower cases have set records. GlaxoSmithKline paid $3 billion to the federal government in a 2012 settlement, and Pfizer paid $1.3 billion in 2009. Those are the largest and second largest healthcare fraud settlements ever.
Over the past year, Phillips & Cohen secured the largest whistleblower award for a client from the Securities and Exchange Commission – more than $32 million – and the third largest award made under the Dodd-Frank Act –$3 million.
Phillips & Cohen was named to The National Law Journal’s “Plaintiff’s Hot List” for 2015 earlier this year.