TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney
General Pam Bondi has announced Florida will participate in a multistate and
federal settlement with Olympus America Inc. that resolves allegations the
company committed anti-kickback violations.
Olympus has agreed to pay a total of $306 million, plus
interest, in civil damages to the states and federal government to compensate
Medicaid, Medicare and other programs that suffered through its alleged
The settlement comes after a whistleblower lawsuit. Olympus
purportedly paid illegal kickbacks to health care providers, inducing doctors
and hospital executives, to purchase its endoscopes and other surgical
Florida will receive a net share of more than $1.6 million
as part of the agreement.