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The Largest Pharma Fraud Whistleblower Case in U.S. History Totaling $1.4 Billion
Date:1/15/2009

Philadelphia Attorney Stephen Sheller's Whistleblower Clients Help Government Recover $1.4 Billion Record Settlement and Criminal Fine in Eli Lilly & Company Zyprexa(R) Marketing Case

Lead Attorney Filed Complaint in 2003 Representing Six Whistleblowers

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Company ("Lilly") will pay federal and state governments more than $1.4 billion to remedy a wide-ranging, off-label marketing scheme for its prescription drug, Zyprexa(R). This settlement is the largest qui tam settlement in the history of the False Claims Act.

Stephen A. Sheller, a well-known mass tort and class action lawyer from Philadelphia, filed the first Complaint in the case in February 2003, bringing the off-label drug allegations to the government under seal as required by law. Today, after six years, the Department of Justice settled with Lilly the allegations that six former Lilly drug marketing representative whistleblowers brought to Sheller.

Lilly will pay more than $1.4 billion for its illegal off-label marketing of the antipsychotic drug, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced. Zyprexa is Lilly's top-selling drug with worldwide sales of nearly $40 billion since its approval in 1996.

In today's settlement, Lilly will pay $800 million in civil penalties and plead guilty to criminal charges, paying an additional $600 million fine. The six whistleblowers who brought the Complaint against the drug company will share in approximately 18 percent of the federal and qualifying states' recoveries, Sheller said.

Related complaints filed by other law firms in 2005, 2006 and 2007 were ultimately consolidated into Sheller's first-filed Complaint.

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