Health Law

Troutman Partner Settles With DOJ; Firm 'Supports the Sense of Vindication'

Without admitting liability—and, according to a company press release, without making any monetary contribution—a partner of Troutman Sanders has agreed to participate in a $14 million civil settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice concerning an alleged $50 million health care kickbacks scheme involving a nursing home in which he had an ownership interest.

Leonard Grunstein, two other principals, and the two companies, Mariner Health Care Inc. and SavaSeniorCare Administrative Services LLC, were accused of soliciting payments from a pharmacy in exchange for doing business with the pharmacy, according to the Am Law Daily.

“The firm supports the sense of vindication that Mr. Grunstein has expressed by his not paying any money toward the settlement and by denying any wrongdoing in the settlement agreement,” says Troutman Sanders in a written statement provided to the legal publication.

Grunstein remains on a leave of absence, according to the firm, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He formerly headed its real estate investments and capitalization practice group.

A DOJ press release about the settlement and the complaint (PDF) provide additional details about the District of Massachusetts case.

Earlier coverage: “Troutman Sanders Real-Estate Chief Accused in Kickback Scheme” “Troutman Sanders: Confident Its Accused Real Estate Chief Will Return to Work”

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