Jeanette Burmeister’s attempt to force the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide a wide range of documents pertaining to the IOM contract prevailed in court. Represented by her former law firm of Baker & McKenzie LLP, Burmeister argued that the documents provided by the DHHS (after her lawsuit was filed) were inadequate and the court agreed.
The DHHS has sixty days to provide the documents requested.
What effects, if any, this will have on the IOM contract or on future contracts is unclear. The successful lawsuit does, however, put the federal government on notice that transparency, which was sorely lacking in the IOM process, is required.