As we have previously reported, our firm represents eight states in the Medicaid Fraud Litigation – commonly referred to as the AWP Litigation – and I am pleased to report that we have been very successful on behalf of our clients. Thus far, we have settled cases in several of the states for over $600 million against a number of drug manufacturers. In addition, there are currently $118 million in verdicts that are on appeal. The facts in the cases in all of the states are the same and the fraudulent conduct by the drug companies is identical. There can be no doubt about the intent of the drug companies. They intended to cheat the states and to overcharge for their drugs sold to the Medicaid agencies in each state. Based on what we have learned, I believe the companies really thought they could get away with it.
Our most recent verdict was against Sandoz in Mississippi and it was for $78 million. We have a case set for the State of Louisiana against Sandoz in March of 2013. The State of Alabama has an $88 Million verdict on appeal against Sandoz that has been in the Alabama Supreme Court for a very long time. We hope to get a favorable decision from the Court in that case. Another case was tried in Kentucky by another law firm against Sandoz resulting in a $16 million verdict.
The Alabama Supreme Court has previously reversed jury verdicts in three cases against three different drug companies. The combined total of these verdicts was $275 million. The Court’s action in those cases was extremely difficult to understand. The cases dealt with brand companies. Obviously, courts in other states and in the federal system have ruled quite differently.
A direct result of success in the AWP litigation has been the drug companies changing the manner in which drugs are priced to the states. No longer do the companies use AWP. If nothing else, this result will save the states millions annually according to projections. Dee Miles and the lawyers in his Section have done a tremendous job in the AWP Litigation.
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