Justices rebuff Johnson & Johnson unit's "rehash" defense

06/22/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Ortho Biotech Products, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, must answer a lawsuit alleging it defrauded Medicare by making payments to doctors who prescribed one of its drugs. The company had argued that the suit, brought by a former sales rep for the company under the False Claims Act, was merely a rehash of previous allegations, but the justices ruled that the case contained enough original material to be valid.

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