AbbVie Can't Escape Investors' Humira Kickbacks Suit

Law360 (September 2, 2020, 10:14 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge Tuesday refused to toss an AbbVie Inc. investor class action alleging that the pharmaceutical company concealed its use of an illegal strategy to market its blockbuster drug Humira, saying the investors had sufficiently alleged detailed claims of fraud and deceptive intent.

In a 13-page order, U.S. District Judge Charles Ronald Norgle rejected AbbVie's motion to dismiss the suit, finding that the investors had alleged facts with enough details to support their claim that the company provided unlawful kickbacks to doctors who prescribed Humira.

"The Court finds that [AbbVie's] alleged statements attributing Humira's success to [the company's] sales...

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