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Businessman Exposed Problems With Quest Subsidiary's Blood Test Kits; Led to $302 Million Settlement
Date:4/15/2009

t court in Brooklyn, New York. His qui tam lawsuit alleged Quest and NID were defrauding the government by causing healthcare providers to bill Medicare and other federal healthcare programs for faulty medical tests as well as unnecessary and harmful vitamin D drugs to treat inaccurately diagnosed diseases and unnecessary surgeries.

For Cantor, the most important reason to file a qui tam lawsuit was that the False Claims Act requires the government to investigate allegations made in a qui tam lawsuit. After he presented to government investigators his evidence about NID's inaccurate PTH tests and his concerns about danger to dialysis patients, Cantor recalled, an FBI agent told him, "I promise you that we will make it stop."

"I felt very frustrated when I tried to stop the use of faulty tests on my own," Cantor said. "Thanks to the False Claims Act and the government's work on my case, this is a good day for dialysis patients and for clinicians who rely on accurate test results."

Attorney Kelton offered high praise for the work done by the government team on the case, particularly Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Kaufman.

"Paul Kaufman and the team of government lawyers and investigators did a superb job pursuing this case in an efficient and effective manner," Kelton said. "When we filed our case, they recognized immediately the threat to dialysis patients and moved swiftly to protect them."

Whistleblowers are entitled to 15 percent to 25 percent of the amount the government recovers as a result of their qui tam lawsuits. The government will award Cantor 18 percent of the $253-million qui tam settlement as a reward for the information he provided and the work he and his attorneys did on the case. Cantor will use the reward to fund research into antibody therapies to treat drug-resistant infections, HIV and hepatitis.

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