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Crowell & Moring's Expanding Health Care Litigation Practice Gains Experienced Litigator
Date:10/8/2007

s work include his representation of Health Care Service Corporation and its Blue Cross Blue Shield Divisions in Illinois, Texas and New Mexico in Health Care Service Corp. et al. v. Mylan Laboratories, Inc., et al., (D.D.C.). This case, which involved claims of anticompetitive conduct in the generic drug industry, was the first indirect purchaser antitrust case to proceed to trial. Following a month-long trial, the jury in that case returned a verdict for Health Care Service Corporation on all claims and for all damages alleged.

Another recent high-profile case successfully litigated by Rhoad is United States ex rel. DRC, Inc., et al. v. Custer Battles, LLC, et al., (E.D. Va.), which was the first FCA trial of alleged fraud arising from contracting in Iraq. The case resulted in judgments for Rhoad's clients on all of the fraud claims alleged under the FCA. In addition to his litigation practice, Rhoad also routinely counsels health care and government contractor clients on compliance issues relating to FCA and state false claims laws, clinical study regulations, and pharmaceutical drug pricing and contracting.

"Crowell & Moring has one of the largest and most prestigious health care practices in the nation, and I am looking forward to being a part of a team that is known as much for its industry knowledge as it is its creativity. Crowell & Moring also has among the nation's leading antitrust, government contracts, and recovery practices, each offering a strong platform to meet the expanding scope of my clients' needs," said Rhoad.

Prior to entering private practice in 1999, Rhoad served as an attorney/officer in the Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps in successive assignments as prosecutor, defense counsel, and civil litigation attorney. As both a prosecutor and defense counsel, Rhoad gained significant trial experience as lead counsel in numerous felony cases involving complex fraud issues. As a civil litigation attorney, Rhoad served as l
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