Classes Get Cert., Lose State Law Claims In Opana MDL

By Lauraann Wood (June 4, 2021, 10:31 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Friday certified two classes of painkiller Opana ER purchasers in multidistrict litigation over a pay-for-delay scheme Endo Pharmaceuticals allegedly entered to keep a generic version off the shelves, but he nixed the state law claims from their case.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber granted class status to a group of "end payor" plaintiffs in the MDL who bought or reimbursed at least a portion of the branded or generic versions of Opana ER, as well as a class of purchasers who bought either version of the drug directly from any manufacturer. The classes claim Endo overcharged...

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