Sheehan Team Successfully Defends Client at U.S. Court of Appeals for Third Circuit

(July 13, 2020) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey’s judgment in favor of firm client, The Prometheus Group, in a case handled by Sheehan Phinney attorneys Jason D. Gregoire and Michael R. Stanley.

The Prometheus Group is a manufacturer of medical devices in Dover, NH. In 2016, The Prometheus Group was sued in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey by a former physician customer who claimed that The Prometheus Group and its contractor provided the physician’s practice with bad medical billing advice, which caused the physician’s practice to submit fraudulent claims to the U.S. Government and led to the practice paying $5.25 million in settlement to the Government when sued under the False Claims Act. The physician sought to recoup this  significant settlement payment and other damages from The Prometheus Group and its contractor.

At the trial level, the Sheehan team successfully obtained dismissal of 7 of 8 of the physician’s claims for failure to state a claim and then obtained summary judgment on the 8th claim for failure to sue within the applicable statute of limitations. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit subsequently affirmed the trial court.

Read the full decision here.

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