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Lawsuits filed under California, Illinois insurer fraud laws may increase
Modern Healthcare

California got a $3.1-million piece of the settlement pie when drugmaker Warner Chilcott agreed to pay the federal government $125 million in October over allegations it defrauded Medicare and Medicaid.But the state did much better in a second, lesser known settlement with the drugmaker just two months later. It got $11.8 million. That heftier payout stemmed from a separate but similar case brought under a California law that allows whistle-blowers to file lawsuits alleging fraud against private insurers. California and Illinois are the only states with such laws, and until now, not many healthcare lawsuits have been filed under those statutes.