The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday that the False Claims Act reached a record $5 billion in penalties in the federal fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30. Do you think balloons and a banner popped down from the ceiling when they hit that number? Let’s hope so.
The previous record, from 2006, was $3.1 billion. This year blew it out of the water, helped in large part by an enormous off-label marketing settlement from GlaxoSmithKline. The $3 billion settlement included $1.5 billion in penalties under the False Claims Act. Cases against drugmakers like GSK were instrumental in reaching this record number, the DOJ said.