Case Status
Practice Areas
False Claims Act
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
Case Number
WA: 14-cv-876, CT: 16-cv-804
US WorldMeds LLC
File Date

Hagens Berman successfully represented physician Dr. Robert Chinnapongse in his qui tam lawsuit against US WorldMeds LLC regarding violations of the False Claims Act. Our client challenged the company’s off-label promotion activities and provision of illegal kickbacks to medical providers in return for the use of their injectable products.


This case highlighted the all-too-common improper relationships between pharmaceutical/medical device/drug manufacturers and medical providers which often violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and also thereby cause violations of the False Claims Act. The firm’s case was settled in 2019 and also highlighted the courage of physicians like our client who challenge fraudulent activities of their employer or other medical providers.


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