On January 10, 2019, the Office of the Illinois Attorney General issued a press release announcing the recovery of $135 million for the state of Illinois through a settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. that resolves allegations the drug company inflated the wholesale prices used in setting the rates for Medicaid reimbursements to Illinois pharmacies. The settlement stems from a 2005 lawsuit filed against 47 drug makers for deceptive practices related to the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) of numerous prescription drugs. The press release also announced that the state of Illinois has recovered through this lawsuit more than $436 million from drug companies alleged to have engaged in such conduct. Since 2004, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C. has served as outside counsel to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General in this litigation. A copy of the Illinois Attorney General’s press release can be found here.
In addition to representing the state of Illinois, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C. has represented the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Wisconsin in similar litigation and has recovered nearly $1 billion through settlements and judgments after trial. The Miner, Barnhill & Galland attorneys that have served as Special Assistant Attorneys General in this litigation include Charles Barnhill, Jr., George Galland, Jr., Robert Libman, Benjamin Blustein, Sarah Siskind, Betty Eberle, Scott Entin, Deanna Pihos, and Dave Baltmanis.