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Florida Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr. Settles Third Whistleblower Drug Case for $1.27 Billion
Date:11/5/2013

arly showed how Janssen Pharmaceutical was willing to put profits before people, and sales before safety," said attorney Gary Farmer. "In the endless pursuit of profit Johnson & Johnson and Janssen aggressively marketed their drug Risperdal® with no regard as to what happened to patients who used it, including the most vulnerable patients – children and the elderly."

Whistleblower and client Vicki Starr approached Farmer regarding the illegal marketing practices of Risperdal® and filed suit under the Civil False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. Section 3729 et seq.). Also known as the Informer's Act, this statute allows private individuals to sue companies that knowingly defraud the U.S. and/or state governments. It also protects whistleblowers from demotion, suspension, harassment and discrimination for cooperating with the investigation of their employer. Starr not only witnessed this from the pharmaceutical perspective, as a former employee, but was also the target of the pharmaceutical company's marketing in her later employment as a medical director of a nursing home.

Farmer was also spearheaded a drug case against pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly, which was resolved in a record setting $1.42 billion settlement in January 2009. In 2010, he successfully settled another false claims case against AstraZeneca for $520 million in fines and restitution. Farmer is nationally-recognized as a civil justice attorney and consumer advocate and is considered one of Florida's leading consultants on qui tam law and litigation.

Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards & Lehrman, P.L., a Fort Lauderdale Litigation firm, focuses on Consumer Class Actions, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Whistleblower Suits (qui tam). The firm is headquartered at 425 N. Andrews Avenue, Suite 2 and may be reached at (800) 400-1098. Additional information about '/>"/>

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