As many of you know, the law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata &
Siegel, P.C. is currently involved in a significant whistleblower case
and considers themselves "your whistleblower law firm".
Now comes the story of
John Kopchinski who exposed problems with Pfizer's painkiller, Bextra, and will receive
more than $51.5 million from the settlement. Mr. Kopchinski will earn
more than $51.5 million as a result of his whistleblower lawsuit against
the world's biggest drug maker and the record penalty that the company
must pay the U.S. government for its massive marketing transgression.
Mr. Kopchinski said in a statement:
In the army I was expected to protect people at all costs. At Pfizer, I
was expected to increase profits at all costs, even when sales meant endangering
lives. I couldn't do that.
Mr. Kopchinski was fired by
Pfizer in March, 2003, two years before the company removed Bextra from the market
because of concerns that were raised over the risks of heart attacks and
strokes. Mr. Kopchinski and five other whistleblowers were awarded more
than $102 million in payments from the U.S. government under the
False Claims Act through which individuals can reap rewards for exposing corporate wrongdoing.