Facing nearly $1 billion in fines for alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act, a trial team led by Jeffrey Chanin at Keker, Van Nest & Peters defended McKesson during a month-long trial in the qui tam action. The government had charged McKesson with submitting “legally false claims” to the government, and with paying kickbacks to a nursing home operator in the form of underpriced services.

The Focal Point’s Role

A focus of this Mississippi bench trial was teaching complex Medicare billing procedures for a nursing home conglomerate, and how durable medical equipment supplier contracts were negotiated. The Focal Point worked with the trial team to develop a series of tutorials and timelines explaining how contract negotiations in the skilled nursing facility industry are conducted, how the federal health insurance system operates, and how McKesson’s actions were proper.


A complete defense judgment for McKesson, a victory that was listed by the National Law Journal as one of the year's five most significant trial wins.


United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
Judge Sharion Aycock

The Focal Point’s Client

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Jeffrey Chanin
David Silbert
Ben Berkowitz
Thomas Gorman
Christina Blais