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Fish & Richardson Client Allen Jones Wins “Whistleblower of the Year” Award
DALLAS – Thehas namedclient Allen Jones as the 2012 “Whistleblower of the Year” for his work exposing Johnson & Johnson’s alleged kickbacks to Texas state officials involving the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Mr. Jones accepted the honor during the 12th Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund awards dinner in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13. “Allen Jones is one of the most courageous people I’ve had the honor of working with,” says attorneyManaging Principal in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson and lead counsel for Mr. Jones in his whistleblower case against Johnson & Johnson. “He was fired for doing the right thing, but he refused to back down. His determination helped Texas recoup millions of taxpayer dollars and ultimately played an important role in the recovery of billions more throughout the country.” Along with Mr. Melsheimer, Mr. Jones was represented byOf Counsel in the Austin office of Fish & Richardson, anda partner in Dallas’ Mr. Melsheimer, Mr. Jacks and Fish & Richardsonrecently launched the new website Texas Whistleblower at Mr. Jones originally filed the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen division in 2004 under Texas’ False Claims Act. The Texas Attorney General’s office joined the suit in 2006, claiming that Janssen engaged in a systematic and wide-ranging scheme to convince Texas Medicaid officials to give preferential treatment to Risperdal. Mr. Jones uncovered the arrangement during his work as an investigator in the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General. The lawsuit claimed Risperdal was no better and no safer than alternative medications despite being substantially more expensive. Janssen worked to build revenue by actively and purposefully marketing the powerful antipsychotic drug for use in children, even though the medication was approved only for the very narrow purpose of treating adult schizophrenia, the lawsuit stated. In January 2012, after a week of triato settle Mr. Jones’ claims. The settlement more than doubled the largest Medicaid fraud settlement in Texas history. The Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund is a nonprofit, public interest organization dedicated to combating fraud against the government and protecting public resources through public-private partnerships. Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) is the 501(c)(4) arm of the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund. Fish & Richardson is a global law firm providing strategic counseling and litigation services to innovative clients who seek to protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property (IP). With more than 375 attorneys and technology specialists practicing IP strategy and counseling, IP litigation, and business litigation, Fish is known for its superior technical expertise. Fish has been named top patent litigation firm in the country for eight straight years, a premier IP firm for America’s biggest companies, and an elite top tier law practice. For more information, visit or follow @fishrichardson on Twitter.
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