Block Law Firm, working for the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and with the Montgomery, Alabama firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, has recovered $238 million for the State of Louisiana in the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) litigation entitled State of Louisiana v. Abbott Laboratories pending in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This suit was filed against over 100 pharmaceutical companies alleging that they defrauded the Louisiana Medicaid program by manipulating the reported AWP which Louisiana Medicaid uses to reimburse pharmacies for prescriptions for Medicaid patients. In part because of these settlements, Louisiana was recognized by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) as leading the nation in Medicaid fraud recovery in 2012.
These settlements concluded three years of litigation in front of Judge Wilson Fields in the 19th Judicial District Court. The most recent settlements occurred after lengthy mediations in New York, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Washington D.C.
The settlements were covered in the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and New Orleans Times Picayune (http://theadvocate.com/home/7638869-125/238-million-coming-to-la and http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/11/buddy_caldwell_pharmaceutical.html.)