Western District of Virginia
G&E’s efforts on behalf of the lead whistleblower against Abbott Laboratories served as a catalyst for a $1.6 billion recovery for federal and state governments. The result marked one of the largest recoveries under the False Claims Act in a pharmaceutical case involving a single drug. The case was initiated when G&E’s False Claims Litigation Group brought claims in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia on behalf of the U.S. government and more than two dozen states alleging that Abbott had unlawfully marketed its anti-epileptic drug, Depakote, to children and nursing home patients. In addition to a monetary recovery, the settlement broke ground with a corporate integrity agreement that places compliance burdens on Abbott’s corporate management.