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Pfizer Whistleblower Named Year's Most Influential Person In Business Ethics
Date:12/18/2009

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John Kopchinski, the whistleblower whom Phillips & Cohen LLP represented in a successful, record-setting "qui tam" case against Pfizer Inc., has been named as the most influential person in business ethics for 2009.

Ethisphere, a think tank that focuses on business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability, compiles an annual list of the 100 most influential people in business ethics. The group named Kopchinski number one on its 2009 list.

A former sales representative for Pfizer, Kopchinski exposed the company's illegal sales and marketing campaign for the prescription painkiller Bextra for uses and in doses that endangered patients' health and lives. (See http://www.phillipsandcohen.com/CM/NewsSettlements/NewsSettlements531.asp)

Pfizer paid $1.8 billion in September to the government to settle Kopchinski's qui tam lawsuit and a related criminal charge. The company settled four other whistleblower lawsuits at the same time, bringing the total settlement to $2.3 billion. It was the largest healthcare fraud settlement ever and the largest criminal fi
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