Former Life Spine employees file retaliatory discharge complaint after objecting to kickback scheme

Written by Alan Condon | January 09, 2020 | Print  |

Four former Life Spine employees filed a retaliatory discharge complaint on Jan. 7, claiming they were terminated after objecting to the company's illegal kickback scheme, reports Courthouse News Service.

The complaint alleges the Huntley, Ill.-based company's retaliatory termination of the plaintiffs violated the federal False Claims Act, Illinois law and "caused each plaintiff significant damages."

The plaintiffs include former area vice president of sales Walter Bennett, former sales representative Larry Harvey, as well as two other former employees Cameron Thrall and Jon Nolan. 

The complaint demands a jury trial and seeks twice the amount of lost wages for each plaintiff as well as damages for emotional distress and compensatory damages.

In October, Life Spine and two executives agreed to pay about $5.99 million to resolve the federal government's allegations that they violated the False Claims Act.

The deal settled a civil healthcare fraud lawsuit, which accused Life Spine and two executives of paying surgeons millions of dollars in kickbacks to use the company's implants and equipment.

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