Greene LLP’s $14.5 Million Settlement Among the Largest Settlements in Massachusetts
Following a year in which the firm’s $142 million RICO verdict was the second biggest in Massachusetts, Greene LLP again registered a case on the 2011 leaderboard of top recoveries published by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (subscription only link here). The firm’s $14.5 million settlement of a False Claims Act case involving Detrol was the largest whistleblower case in the state in 2011.
The Detrol case against Pfizer was pursued under the False Claims Act’s qui tam provision, which allows persons with knowledge of fraud on the government to sue on the government’s behalf. Although in many situations the government exercises its ability to intervene in such cases, the Detrol case was pursued without government intervention and was litigated entirely by Greene LLP attorneys. On the Lawyers Weekly list, the $14.5 million settlement ranked third among government cases. When compared with other verdicts and settlements obtained by private attorneys, the settlement obtained by Greene LLP attorneys in the Detrol case would also rank third in the state in 2011.
“Litigating the case was a group effort,” said lead attorney Thomas M. Greene. “We didn’t abandon the case once the government declined to intervene, like many other firms tend to do with False Claims Act cases. The fact that we won a settlement among the highest in the state is a testament to the investigative lawyering of our entire team.”