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Laboratory gets nearly $14.8 million in anti-kickback case
A jury awarded nearly $14.8 million to a clinical laboratory that claimed a competitor violated federal and state anti-kickback statutes when it provided remuneration to physicians as inducement to use its drug-screening services. Ameritox, Ltd. claimed Millennium Laboratories Inc. gave doctors free plastic urine specimen cups with built-in test strips. It alleged that providing free supplies to physicians in exchange for referrals constituted illegal inducement and remuneration under the anti-kickback laws. Millennium claimed it did not directly provide supplies to doctors, instead directing them to third-party vendors. It claimed the test cups conferred no value to doctors and therefore were not remuneration under the anti-kickback laws.
Ameritox Ltd v. Millennium Laboratories Inc.
Federal - U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division
Biker’s fatal collision with truck garners $14.1 million
The family of a motorcyclist who was killed when he collided with a tractor-trailer recovered more than $14.1 million. Carl Simmons, 29, was riding a 2004 Yamaha Mitsubishi motorcycle in Orlando when Roger Wirick tried to make a left turn in front of him. Simmons collided with the rear of Wirick's trailer. The estate alleged Wirick was driving in excess of federally mandated hours of service limits, aimed at preventing accidents due to driver fatigue. It noted that Wirick only had eight hours of sleep in the past 30 hours. Defense counsel argued Simmons was comparatively negligent because he was speeding. The jury found Wirick 93 percent liable and Simmons 7 percent liable, reducing the estate's more than $15.2 million award accordingly.
Estate of Simmons v. Landstar Ranger Inc.
Doctor who prescribed pain meds found not liable for death
A jury found that an oral surgeon who prescribed a pain reliever to a woman following a dental procedure was not liable for her death. Penny Jennings, 32, had two molars extracted by Christopher Johnson. Afterward, Johnson prescribed hydrocodone. Jennings died that evening. The cause of death was listed as hydrocodone toxicity with seizure disorder. The estate noted Jennings had undergone gallbladder surgery three days before and had already been prescribed hydrocodone. It claimed that Johnson should not have dispensed additional hydrocodone. Defense counsel argued there was not enough evidence to declare that hydrocodone toxicity was a factor in Jennings' death. He argued that the cause of death was more consistent with seizure disorder.
Estate of Jennings v. Advanced Faces LLC
|$23,623,718,907||Estate of Johnson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.||Escambia Co.||Jul 16|
|$21,700,000||Estate of Karoussos v. Port Lucaya Marina Co. Ltd.||Broward Co.||Feb 10|
|$21,000,000||American Bridge Bahamas, LTD v. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.||Miami-Dade Co.||May 14|
|$20,870,200||Estate of Wisekal v. Laboratory Corporation of America||Palm Beach Co.||Apr 16|
|$20,004,209||Estate of Thurston v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.||Palm Beach Co.||Jun 23|
|$19,252,039||Tenney v. Inphynet South Broward Inc.||Broward Co.||May 22|
|$15,206,113||Estate of Simmons v. Landstar Ranger Inc.||Orange Co.||Jun 25|
|$14,887,641||Estate of Blanchard v. Panhandle Plumbing Inc.||Okaloosa Co.||Mar 25|
|$14,755,000||Ameritox v. Millennium Laboratories Inc.||Federal||Jun 16|
|$14,308,250||16 SE 2nd Street, LLC v. Burdines 1225, LLC||Miami-Dade Co.||Jun 24|