Cochlear Americas settles False Claims Case for $880,000

June 11th, 2010 by Qui Tam

Cochlear America, a manufacturer of cochlear implants, has settled a false claims case against it, alleging that it made illegal payments to health care providers to induce the purchase of its implant systems.  Cochlear implants are small, complex electronic devices that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing.  The lawsuit was brought initially by Brenda March, a whistleblower, who claimed that Cochlear America made illegal payments to physicians in exchange for prescribing its cochlear implants.  Under the terms of the settlement, Ms. March will receive $176,000 for her efforts. 

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