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Abbott Wins Antitrust Challenge Over HIV Drug Cocktail

Law360 (July 27, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- When patent owners raise prices and make combination products more expensive in the process, they cannot be sued for monopoly leveraging under U.S. antitrust laws, according to a ruling Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

With the ruling, Judge Frank H. Easterbrook affirmed a lower court’s decision that drug maker Abbott Laboratories Inc. wasn’t violating the Sherman Act when it jacked up the price for its component of a treatment for acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

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