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Plaintiffs Protest $45M Becton Dickinson Settlement

Law360 (May 11, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- One group of plaintiffs in five antitrust suits accusing Becton Dickinson & Co. Inc. of monopolizing the market for hypodermic needles is seeking to block a $45 million settlement the company reached with another group of plaintiffs, alleging that a court has yet to determine who the direct purchaser plaintiffs are in the case.

The motion, filed Thursday by the case's health care plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, alleges that BD and the cases' distributor plaintiffs, “for obvious self-serving...
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