AbbVie Loses Judge-Switch Bid In Humira Kickback Battles

Law360 (March 18, 2021, 10:12 PM EDT) -- AbbVie Inc. lost a bid on Thursday to have a single judge handle a pair of closely watched fraud cases over allegations that the company illegally marketed its drug Humira, with an Illinois federal judge ruling that reassignment would significantly delay a whistleblower's False Claims Act case before her.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer rejected AbbVie's request to reassign to her court a proposed securities class action currently before U.S. District Judge Charles Ronald Norgle Sr. Both cases are in the Northern District of Illinois and deal with allegations that the company used unlawful kickbacks to market Humira.

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