Judge Trims FTC's Pay-For-Delay Suit Against AbbVie

By Matthew Bultman (May 6, 2015, 7:30 PM EDT) -- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. didn't violate federal antitrust law when it struck a deal with AbbVie Inc. and others to end patent infringement litigation, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Wednesday, dismissing part of the Federal Trade Commission's pay-for-delay lawsuit over testosterone drug AndroGel.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III said the settlement Teva reached with AbbVie and its partners wasn't anti-competitive and didn't fit the definition of a so-called reverse payment under a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling. 

The watchdog agency had also accused Teva of settling the lawsuit when it knew the case was groundless, a position Judge Bartle said...

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