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“W.Va. Hospital pays $50M to end false claims, kickback suit”

In a Law360 article, Phillips & Cohen partner Jeffrey Dickstein criticizes Wheeling Hospital’s countersuit against his whistleblower client, who alleged in a qui tam lawsuit that the West Virginia hospital was violating Stark and Anti-kickback laws.

The hospital countersued Longo in West Virginia, claiming he was falsifying the alleged kickback scheme in order to secure a settlement and should have made his reports through hospital channels, but withdrew that suit in June 2019, court records showed.

“Intimidation is a scare tactic often used against whistleblowers,” said Jeffrey W. Dickstein of Phillips & Cohen LLP, representing Longo. “We are not going to tolerate baseless lawsuits against our clients.”

Read the entire article, “W.Va. hospital pays $50m to end false claims, kickback suit,” on Law360’s website (subscription required).

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