JPML Won't Centralize Drug Co-Pay Coupon Class Actions

Law360, New York (August 3, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT) -- The Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday declined to centralize in Illinois seven class actions accusing GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Pfizer Inc. and seven other major drugmakers of racketeering and antitrust violations for allegedly subsidizing illegal co-payments for brand-name prescription drugs.

The panel said that although the actions all pursue similar allegations that the pharmaceutical manufacturers have effectively defrauded the plaintiffs’ health benefit plans by undermining cost-sharing provisions through co-pay subsidy coupons, there is no conspiracy alleged among the defendants and no overlap between cases, meaning centralization...
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New England Carpenters Health and Welfare Fund v. Abbott Laboratories


Case Number

1:12-cv-01662

Court

Illinois Northern

Nature of Suit

470(Racketeer/Corrupt Organization)

Date Filed

March 7, 2012


Case Title

PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS LOCAL 572 HEALTH AND WELFARE FUND v. MERCK & CO., INC.


Case Number

3:12-cv-01379

Court

New Jersey

Nature of Suit

Anti-Trust

Judge

Michael A. Shipp

Date Filed

March 6, 2012


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NEW ENGLAND CARPENTERS HEALTH AND WELFARE FUND v. ASTRAZENECA, INC.


Case Number

2:12-cv-01192

Court

Pennsylvania Eastern

Nature of Suit

Racketeer/Corrupt Organization

Judge

PAUL S. DIAMOND

Date Filed

March 7, 2012


Case Title

NEW ENGLAND CARPENTERS HEALTH AND WELFARE FUND v. GLAXOSMITHKLINE LLC


Case Number

2:12-cv-01191

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Pennsylvania Eastern

Nature of Suit

Other Statutes: Racketeer/Corrupt Organization

Judge

C. DARNELL JONES, II

Date Filed

March 6, 2012


Case Title

PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS LOCAL 572 HEALTH AND WELFARE FUND v. NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORP.


Case Number

2:12-cv-01403

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New Jersey

Nature of Suit

Anti-Trust

Judge

Esther Salas

Date Filed

March 6, 2012


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American Federation of State et al v. Amgen, Inc., et al


Case Number

1:12-cv-02237

Court

New York Southern

Nature of Suit

Racketeer/Corrupt Organization

Judge

J. Paul Oetken

Date Filed

March 27, 2012


Case Title

American Federation of State et al v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. et al


Case Number

1:12-cv-02238

Court

New York Southern

Nature of Suit

Racketeer/Corrupt Organization

Judge

J. Paul Oetken

Date Filed

March 27, 2012

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