Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department has announced that Alpharma, Inc. has agreed to pay a whopping $42.5 Million to settle a claim in which the government alleged that the drug company improperly paid physicians to prescribe and promote a particular morphine drug–Kadian. The settlement follows a whistle-blower suit.
Whistle-blower suits allow people who work for companies to come to the government with evidence that the companies are violating the law. These kinds of suits are important as they provide protection to the whistle-blower while the government intervenes and remedies an injustice.
People who are aware of corporate wrongdoing understandably feel like they have a moral and ethical obligation to come forward in an effort to stop the injustice. They often don’t, however, fearing that they will be retaliated against. These whistle-blowers are protected by the law, however. If you are aware of corporate misfeasance, feel free to contact me to discuss your rights. Never feel powerless.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. He has been acknowledged by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all of the more than 80,000 lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also acknowledges him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in medical malpractice matters, product liability claims, and serious automobile accident claims. Mr. Zambri has also been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics magazine–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.
Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to present seminars to lawyers and doctors, as well as both medical and law students concerning medication errors, medical malpractice litigation, and safety improvements.
Mr. Zambri was sought after to publish a chapter regarding product liability litigation in Aspatore Books – a company that is touted as “the largest and most exclusive publisher of C-1 Level executives (CEO, CFO, CTO, CMO, Partner) from the world’s most respected companies and law firms.” To read Mr. Zambri’s publication, entitled “Constantly Preparing To Win”, please click here.