In their nearly 50 years combined of representing plaintiffs, Youman & Caputo’s founding partners have secured or helped secure more than 100 seven or eight-figure settlements or verdicts.
Caputo was co-counsel for the whistleblowers in a federal lawsuit in New York alleging that Teva Pharmaceuticals violated the Anti-Kickback Statute by using “speaker programs” to attempt to induce physicians to prescribe two neurology drugs. This settlement was achieved after the government declined to intervene in the case and just days before jury selection was scheduled to begin.
Caputo was lead counsel for a whistleblower in a lawsuit that settled for $35 million with a healthcare system and two Tucson hospitals over alleged Medicare fraud. The settlement remains the largest of its kind in Arizona history. The whistleblower in the case, a former employee of the non-profit healthcare system, received a reward of nearly $6 million.
Caputo was lead trial counsel for a man who lost his sight because of prolonged back surgery. Caputo’s verdict is one of the largest verdicts in Delaware County history and it ranked among the top 100 verdicts in any type of case in the United States in 2015.
Caputo was lead counsel for a whistleblower in a lawsuit that settled against a New York company, Sorkin’s Rx, Ltd., a/k/a CareMed Pharmaceutical Services, for allegedly engaging in fraudulent sales involving expensive prescription drugs to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. That matter settled for $10.19 million, with the whistleblower’s share set at $1.85 million.
On December 9, 2019, Youman won a $6.3 million jury verdict in Lehigh County for a woman whose 48 year-old husband suffered a fatal heart attack while jogging. 40 days earlier, her husband had seen a St. Luke’s cardiologist for evaluation of his chest pain, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. The cardiologist failed to order the necessary testing that would have diagnosed his severe coronary artery disease and, instead, the cardiologist incorrectly attributed his symptoms to panic attacks and anxiety. Read more about Youman’s verdict here.
Caputo was lead counsel for a whistleblower in a New York tax fraud lawsuit against Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. and Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co that resulted in a $6.2 million settlement. The whistleblower received a reward of more than $1.1 million.
Caputo was lead counsel for a whistleblower in a case in which a community health system agreed to pay the federal government $5.85 million to settle claims that it overbilled Medicare using inflated employee work hours. The whistleblower reward was $1.17 million.
In 2014, Youman won a $5.1 million jury verdict in Montgomery County for a woman who suffered severe injuries after a medication error caused her to be injected with a concentrated decongestant instead of a local anesthetic before routine sinus surgery.
Caputo was co-counsel for a whistleblower in an Eastern District of Wisconsin qui tam False Claims Act case against Walgreens involving allegations of fraudulent billing for stimulant medications in violation of Medicaid rules. The case settled in January 2019 for $3.5 million.
Caputo was lead counsel for the whistleblower in an Eastern District of Pennsylvania qui tam False Claims Act case against Eagleville Hospital involving allegations of fraudulent billing for hospital level detoxification services. The case settled in July 2019 for $2.85 million; Youman & Caputo’s client received an award of $513,000.
Caputo represented the whistleblower in a California case in which an aerospace parts company agreed to pay $2.7 million to settle claims that it falsely certified that it had performed required inspections on parts used in military aircraft, spacecraft and missiles used by the Depart of Defense.
In November 2004, Youman won a $2 million jury verdict for a construction worker who suffered a severe neck injury in a jobsite mishap. George LePera, of Conshohocken, was hurt when wet concrete was poured onto him from one floor above the area in which he was working.
In May 2011, Youman won a $1.87 million verdict for the estate of a woman, Koulnara Chrol, who died after an emergency room doctor failed to diagnose her symptoms as carbon monoxide poisoning. Days after her discharge from the ER she was found unconscious in her Cheltenham home, where two other people were found dead.
In 2006, Youman won a $1.2 million verdict in Chester County for a man injured when a truck veered off a roadway and struck tree branches that fell on his head, causing several fractures and resulting in headaches and cognitive deficits.
Caputo was lead counsel for the whistleblower in an Eastern District of Pennsylvania qui tam False Claims Act case alleging that Coordinated Health improperly billed federal health care programs for physician assistant services at the full physician rate. The complaint also alleged that Coordinated Health used CPT Modifier 24 to improperly bill for services covered under the separately paid global surgery reimbursement. In December 2019, Coordinated Health agreed to pay $1 million to settle the case.
One month after his verdict in the Chrol case (above), Youman won a $927,000 verdict in Chester County for an Exton woman whose hand was damaged in a medical procedure at Paoli Hospital. The injury curtailed her career plan to perform micro-surgery in researching a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.