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Brian P. Dunphy

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Brian is a member of the Health Care Enforcement Defense Group, and he defends clients facing government investigations and whistleblower complaints regarding alleged violations of the federal False Claims Act and similar state laws. Brian also handles commercial health care litigation involving business disputes, and he defends national product liability cases for pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

Brian advises and counsels health care providers, biotechnology and life sciences companies, clinical laboratories, health plans, Medicare Advantage plans, and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. He represents them in government investigations, in litigation, and at trial. He is a member of the firm’s Health Care Enforcement Defense Group and is a frequent author on health care fraud and abuse issues.

In particular, Brian defends companies against government investigations of alleged violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). He conducts internal investigations and litigates qui tam FCA cases in federal courts around the country.  Brian also defends pharmaceutical and biotech companies in national product liability cases and represents biotechnology, life sciences, and technology companies in complex business disputes. 

Brian is committed to pro bono work. He is a member of the team that manages the Massachusetts Civil Appeals Clinic. He obtained political asylum for a client who was tortured in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and he obtained a residential educational placement for a disabled student. Brian has spent more than a decade advising a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the study, treatment, and prevention of the effects of concussions and other brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.

Brian is also deeply involved in the Boston community as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Concussion Legacy Foundation and the Volunteers Lawyers Project. Brian serves as a committee member of the United Way's BoSTEM Leadership Breakfast to benefit STEM education in the Boston Public Schools.

Before attending law school, Brian was a project manager at Accenture, a management and technology consulting firm, where he provided project management and consulting services.  Brian developed project plans and budgets, managed teams to meet project milestones, and worked with client executives to ensure projects met business objectives. He continues to utilize his project management skills working with his clients to manage matters effectively and to deliver timely results.

Education

  • Boston College (JD)
  • Boston College (BA)

Experience

  • Defended numerous clients, including laboratories, health plans, and Medicare Advantage plans, in government FCA investigations and FCA litigation in jurisdictions around the country
  • Obtained summary judgment in nine related cases against a publicly traded biotechnology company and a pharmaceutical company in multi-jurisdictional product liability disputes involving an FDA-approved pharmaceutical drug
  • Obtained dismissal of a whistleblower’s state and federal FCA claims against a Pharmacy Benefit Manager in federal court, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s decision in our client’s favor
  • Represented a health insurance company in an FCA lawsuit in federal court where relator alleged an industry wide drug-pricing scheme. The court dismissed the case
  • Defended companies against FCA retaliation claims before litigation, in litigation, and at trial
  • Obtained a defense verdict as trial counsel after a week-long federal court jury trial. Azco Biotech, Inc. v. Intelligent Bio-Systems, Inc., 12-cv-2599-BEN, U.S. Dist. Ct. (S.D. Cal.). Plaintiff, a former distributor of our client’s next-generation DNA sequencing machines, filed an 18-count, $100 million complaint against our client. Following extensive discovery, we persuaded the court to narrow the case to a single breach of contract claim. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in our client’s favor
  • Achieved victory in an arbitration for an international life sciences company initiated by one of the company’s suppliers. After an evidentiary hearing, a panel of arbitrators rejected the supplier’s claims and entered judgment for our client on its counterclaim, including recovery of our client’s attorneys’ fees and costs
  • Represented a life sciences company before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in a breach of contract dispute involving the manufacture of diagnostic assays
  • Successfully defended a physician before an Administrative Law Judge against an action by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine to revoke or suspend the physician’s license
  • Conducted an internal investigation of a health care provider and prepared a self-disclosure to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Successfully opposed the OIG’s proposed exclusions of a physician from federal health care programs

Recognition & Awards

  • Volunteer Lawyers Project: 2019 Denis Maguire Award 
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star Health Care list 
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Boston Future Leaders Program 
  • Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program 

Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Concussion Legacy Foundation
  • Committee Member, United Way BoSTEM Leadership Breakfast
  • Alumni Board Member, Boston College Law School
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association

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The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a significant decision, finding that a physician’s medical judgment about the medical necessity of heart procedures can be “false or fraudulent” under the federal False Claims Act (FCA). 
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Like prior years, 2017 saw large government recoveries and a high volume of False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases, which remain the government’s primary health care enforcement tool.
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The President has released a “budget blueprint” for fiscal year 2018. Although there are many aspects of the budget blueprint to digest, several budget items signal that government health care fraud enforcement remains a priority under the new administration.
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In a closely watched False Claims Act (“FCA”) case, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has an unreviewable right to object to a proposed settlement agreement between a relator and a defendant when the Government has declined to intervene in the case.
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In this final installment of our Health Care Enforcement Review and 2017 Outlook series, we analyze health care enforcement trends gathered from 2016 civil settlements and criminal resolutions of health care fraud and abuse cases. Behind the headlines covering enormous recoveries in 2016, several themes are apparent.
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As is well known, drug prices have been widely discussed nationally. They have been the subject of Congressional hearings and, in the case of Mylan, a high profile settlement.
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Please join Mintz Levin for a webinar discussing health care fraud enforcement in the pharmacy and pharmaceutical industry on October 26, 2016 at 1 pm (ET). My colleagues Theresa Carnegie, Larry Freedman, and Ellyn Sternfield, members of Mintz Levin’s Health Law and Health Care Enforcement Defense practices, will discuss enforcement trends facing the industry.
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Penalties For Health Care Law Violations Surge

September 21, 2016 | Blog | By Brian Dunphy

The civil monetary penalties for violations of myriad health care laws continue to rise. In June, we discussed the enormous increase in penalties under the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). 
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Mintz’s Health Care Enforcement Defense Group published its most recent Health Care Qui Tam Update on August 4, 2016. This Update covers 31 health care-related False Claims Act cases that have been unsealed since the last Health Care Qui Tam Update.
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The long-running test-referral prosecution against Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, LLC (“BLS”), a New Jersey clinical blood testing laboratory; its owner and employees; and BLS’s referring physicians recently reached another milestone.
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Mintz Members Brian Dunphy and Laurence Freedman, and Member and Co-Chair of the firm’s Health Law Practice Karen Lovitch co-authored this Law360 expert analysis article examining trends in U.S. Department of Justice health care enforcement in 2019, noting that the False Claims Act remains the government’s most powerful civil health care enforcement tool.
Brian Dunphy a Member in the Boston Mintz office authored the second article in a four-part series discussing some of 2017’s most important False Claims Act (FCA)-related court decisions.
Mintz has elevated five attorneys to Members of the firm. “These attorneys consistently demonstrate excellence in the delivery of legal services to the firm’s clients,” said Bob Bodian, Managing Member.
This is the fourth and final installment of a series from Mintz’s Health Law team recapping key government policies, regulations and enforcement actions from 2016 and discussing their potential impacts on 2017.
Fifty-three Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2016 and thirty-one have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2016 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers. 
Mintz Members Brian Dunphy and Larry Freedman authored this BNA’s Medicare Report article discussing the long-awaited final Medicare Overpayment Rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Brian Dunphy, a Health Law and Litigation attorney, is quoted in this Becker’s Hospital Review piece on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ final rule.
Mintz Member Brian Dunphy is quoted in this Inside CMS article on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service's (CMS) final rules requiring healthcare providers and suppliers to report and return overpayments by a certain date.

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