2 Classes Certified In Suboxone Product-Hop Suit

Law360 (September 27, 2019, 9:15 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday certified a class of direct purchasers of Suboxone as well as a class of end payors in multidistrict litigation over an alleged product-hopping scheme by Indivior PLC to block generic versions of the opioid treatment drug from coming to market.

U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg swept aside Indivior's arguments against certifying the direct-purchaser class, saying the claims by the health care providers and wholesalers center on the "common question" of whether Indivior's actions had a "legitimate business justification" or whether they were anti-competitive.

"Put another way, if each class member were required to pursue its...

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