Pugsley Wood LLP announces a $4.2 million settlement of a False Claims Act lawsuit against Philip North America LLC d/b/a Philips Healthcare, a subsidiary of Koninklijke Philips N.V. Relators had alleged that Philips Healthcare made false claims to the U.S. government related to the airworthiness of the IntelliVue MP2 Mobile Patient Monitor (“MP2”), a portable medical monitoring device used in military and other government aircraft.
According to a statement by Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachel Rollins’s office, “Philips admits that, after receiving initial airworthiness and safe-to-fly certifications for the MP2 from the U.S. Army in 2008 and the U.S. Air Force in 2011, Philips made modifications to the MP2 but did not adequately notify the relevant military testing facilities to determine whether the device modifications required retesting for certification.”
“It is never easy to blow the whistle on wrongdoing, as it can have such an immediate and devastatingly negative impact on a whistleblower’s life and career,” stated Pugsley Wood partner Bryan A. Wood. “Our clients, owners of a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business, willingly took that risk because the safety of their clients – U.S. military and government personnel – outweighed concerns for their own personal finances. Their bravery is to be commended.”