6 medical supplier lawsuits, settlements in 2021

Six lawsuits and settlements involving medical suppliers, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review in 2021: 

  1. A federal jury convicted the owners of Metro DME Supply and Ortho Pain Solutions, both in Arlington, Texas, on charges of a $27 million conspiracy to defraud the U.S., paying and receiving healthcare kickbacks and committing money laundering.

  2. Alere, a medical device company acquired by Abbott in 2017, agreed to pay $38.75 million to settle allegations that it knowingly billed Medicare for defective blood coagulation monitors between 2008 and 2016.

  3. The Federal Trade Commission sued Trend Deploy, an online personal protective equipment seller, for allegedly falsely promising it could quickly deliver face masks and other PPE but failing to deliver customer orders.

  4. A judge ruled that AdventHealth could collect $1.5 million after Tomax Capital Management, an asset management firm, defaulted on a settlement agreement over a failed deal for PPE.

  5. 3M sued MM Medical Supply, based in Tarpon Springs, Fla., over trademark infringement and fraud for allegedly selling fake N95 masks to South Shore Health System in South Weymouth, Mass.

  6. Boston Scientific agreed to pay $188.6 million to resolve claims that it deceptively marketed its surgical mesh products. Thousands of lawsuits claimed Boston Scientific deceptively marketed its transvaginal surgical mesh devices to women by failing to disclose the full range of potentially serious and irreversible complications caused by surgical mesh. 

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