We served as lead counsel representing nonprofit North Dakota health system in qui tam lawsuit alleging physician compensation arrangements violated Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law. Following declination by the Department of Justice (DOJ), we obtained dismissal of the case from the district court on grounds that relator did not plead his claims with requisite specificity. U.S. ex rel. Benaissa v. Trinity Health, 2018 WL 6843624 (D.N.D. Dec. 31, 2018). And we successfully obtained affirmance of the dismissal from the Court of Appeals. U.S. ex rel. Benaissa v. Trinity Health, 2020 WL 3455795 (8th Cir. 2020).
The case was outlined in the article, “Trinity Health Gets Eighth Circuit to Reject Doctor’s Fraud Suit,” published by Bloomberg Law on June 25.
Trinity Health is a North Dakota-based nonprofit, fully-integrated healthcare system.
For a detailed description about the Trinity case, please read our Inside the FCA blog post from July 2020.