Do DPA’s Work? – The BioMet Case Study
Robert N. Wilkey, Esq., LSCU Staff Writer
On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced publicly that Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (Zimmer BioMet) had agreed to pay a $17.4 million criminal penalty “in connection with a scheme to pay bribes to government officials in Mexico and for violations of the internal controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) involving the company’s operations in Mexico and Brazil.” This is not the first time BioMet faced allegations involving its business practices in foreign countries, and in 2012 entered a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). The BioMet settlement highlights the significant liability life health science companies face when failing to adhere to DPAs and how large-scale settlements are used by the government to ensure industry compliance.