Warner Chilcott Must Face Loestrin Pay-For-Delay MDL

Law360, New York (August 21, 2017, 7:06 PM EDT) -- Warner Chilcott Co. LLC, Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. must face multidistrict litigation accusing them of entering into illegal reverse-payment deals to keep a generic of the birth control medication Loestrin off the market, according to an opinion unsealed Monday in Rhode Island federal court.

Chief U.S. District Judge William E. Smith said the purchasers bringing the so-called pay-for-delay litigation had sufficiently pled their antitrust and fraud allegations in a 118-page order released to the parties on Aug. 8. The judge's only cut was to free Warner and Watson's parent companies, Allergan PLC and Actavis Inc., as there were...

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