March 29, 2018 / 11:59 PM / in 10 months

Judge allows Celgene whistleblower to be paid after bitter fee fight

A federal judge has cleared the way for an ex-Celgene Corp employee to collect nearly $72.6 million as her cut of a $280 million settlement with the drugmaker after striking a lien her former law firm Grant & Eisenhofer placed on the payout.

U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez in Los Angeles ruled that Beverly Brown’s agreement with the law firm did not comply with a California law requiring contractual language stating that the fee Grant & Eisenhofer would charge was negotiable.

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