The Whistleblower Law Collaborative is pleased to announce that the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund named WLC founding members Suzanne E. Durrell and Robert M. Thomas, Jr. the 2017 Lawyers of the Year at the 17th Annual TAFEF Conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Ms. Durrell and Mr. Thomas were recognized as "an incomparable team" who "have had a hand in some of the largest False Claims Act cases ever settled or won in court."
"We are honored, grateful, and humbled to be named Lawyers of the Year by this organization which has been at the forefront of fighting fraud against the government and protecting taxpayers' money," said Mr. Thomas at the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Awards Dinner held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. "It is a privilege to do this work and be entrusted with the lives and fortunes of whistleblowers who risk so much to protect us all," added Ms. Durrell.
The Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund is a nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to combating fraud against the government and protecting taxpayer funds through private public partnerships. The organization recognized Mr. Thomas and Ms. Durrell with its award for "an extraordinarily successful year in careers devoted to fighting fraud."
In particular, in 2017 WLC clients were instrumental in the resolution of two significant False Claims Act cases that have returned close to half a billion dollars to American taxpayers. These include: the $465 million settlement between the United States, the States and Mylan Inc. and Mylan Specialty LP resolving allegations that Mylan violated the False Claims Act by knowingly misclassifying EpiPen, a branded epinephrine auto-injector drug, as a generic drug to avoid paying rebates owed to Medicaid; and the $13.4 million settlement against Medi-Lynx Cardiac Monitoring, LLC, AMI Monitoring, Inc., Spectocor LLC, and others, including one individual officer, for medically- unnecessary cardiac monitoring services that were billed to the government.
Ms. Durrell and Mr. Thomas have been representing whistleblowers for over fifteen years and, now joined by David Lieberman, have helped the government recover over $5.5 billion on behalf of taxpayers.
For more information, contact:
Bob Thomas 617.371.0934
Suzanne Durrell 617.333.9681
David Lieberman 617.804.6401
The Whistleblower Law Collaborative is recognized nationwide for its successful representation of whistleblowers, and handles cases involving the federal and state false claims acts, as well as the SEC and IRS whistleblower programs. Successes for its clients include health care fraud cases against Mylan, Amgen, International Nephrology Network, Elan, Eisai, Forest Labs, Pfizer, Serono, Amedisys, WellCare Health Plans, Spectocor, AMI Monitoring, Medi-Lynx and MedNet.