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Newton’s Third Law: The Alabama Legislature Supersedes Weeks v. Wyeth and Disallows Innovator Liability in Product Liability Cases

Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states, loosely, that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. A force exerted by one body upon another causes an equal reaction by the second body. Want an...more

FTC’s $1.2 Billion Disgorgement Settlement With Cephalon: Heightened Scrutiny of Hatch-Waxman Settlements

On May 28, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the settlement of its 2008 lawsuit against Cephalon, Inc. (now owned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.), which alleged that Cephalon had made “reverse...more

Motivation to Combine Reviewable for Clear Error - Insite Vision Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.

Reviewing the district court’s framing of the obviousness inquiry and determination of no motivation to combine for clear error, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s determination...more

Group of National and State Organizations Asks Congress to Enact Legislative Reforms to Maintain Strong Patent System

Last month, more than 90 national and state advocacy organizations sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, urging Congress to enact legislative reforms that will maintain a strong and...more

Product Hopping and Antitrust: Mylan Court Dismisses Claims on Summary Judgment, Citing Need to Avoid Chilling Pharmaceutical...

A recent summary judgment opinion from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania breaks new ground in the developing antitrust law on “product hopping” claims. “Product hopping” refers to the practice of changing the form or...more

What Does Pharmacogenomics Have To Do With Product Liability? – Potentially Everything

Recently, Bexis attended the DRI drug and device committee spring conference. Among other things he heard a bang-up presentation on genomics and personalized (also known as “precision”) medicine from Paige Sensenbrenner. On...more

FDA Makes More Electronic Submissions Mandatory

In recent months, the FDA has been pushing forward in its efforts to require that more information from regulated industry be submitted electronically. The move to electronic submissions should create a more efficient and...more

Pharmaceutical Marketing and Unfair-Trade-Practices Claims

Lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies generally center on product-liability claims. A new trend in pharma cases, however, is to include a different kind of claim: a claim for unfair trade practices....more

Health Care Update - May 2015 #3

In This Issue: - 21st Century Cures Markup; Full Committee to Take Up this Week - Senate Finance Committee Solicits Health Bills for Upcoming Markup - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal...more

Sweet Home No More, Innovator Liability Leaves Alabama

On May 1, 2015, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law a bill to “provide that a manufacturer is not liable ... for damages resulting from a product it did not design, manufacture, sell, or lease.” Sponsored by state...more

IP Dispute Resolution Review Newsletter, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The New “Clear Error” Standard of Review in Patent Infringement Mediation - Trademark Trial Appeal Board Decisions Now Have Preclusive Effect - Engaging Panelists for Neutral Analysis Provides...more

Biogen MA, Inc. v. Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research (Fed. Cir. 2015)

The Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C. § 146 pursuant to changes in the statute provided by the...more

FDA Issues Biosimilars Q&A Guidance Document

On May 13, the FDA released a draft question-and-answer guidance document, titled “Biosimilars: Additional Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009.” The...more

Status of Pay-for-Delay Cases Nearly Two Years After Actavis – “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

Nearly two years ago the Supreme Court issued its opinion in FTC v. Actavis, 133 S. Ct. 2223 (2013), holding that a reverse payment made by a brand manufacturer to a generic manufacturer to resolve pending patent litigation...more

Senator Asks Department of Veteran Affairs to Break Patents on Hepatitis C Drugs

Last week, in a letter addressed to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) urged Secretary Robert McDonald to use his authority as Secretary "to break the patents on Hepatitis...more

Biosimilar Makers Turn to IPRs before Litigation under the BPCIA

A number of biosimilar makers have turned to inter partes review (IPR) proceedings in order to litigate the validity of patents that cover their proposed products prior to submission of their biosimilar applications to FDA. ...more

Court Report - May 2015 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Horizon Pharma, Inc. et al. v. Actavis Laboratories FL., Inc. et al. 3:15-cv-03322; filed May 13, 2015 in the District...more

Amarin Pharma Sues FDA Over Constitutional Right to Discuss Off-Label Uses

Drug makers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have often disagreed over whether drug makers can discuss unapproved uses for their products with physicians. While courts have sided with drug makers in certain...more

FDA Finalizes Guidance Documents on Biosimilars

Six years after legislation was adopted creating a new pathway for the approval of biological products that are biosimilar to existing FDA-approved biologics, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to issue guidance...more

Federal Trade Commission Obtains a Near Record-Breaking Disgorgement in a Monopolization Case

On April 20, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that Cardinal Health, Inc. (“Cardinal”), agreed to pay $26.8 million to resolve allegations that it violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act by monopolizing the...more

Avelox® Approved for Plague Under Animal Efficacy Rule

On May 8, 2015, FDA approved a new antibacterial treatment for plague, Avelox® (moxifloxacin). Plague is a deadly infectious disease caused by the enterobacteria Yersinia pestis, which can be spread in the air, by direct...more

Genes Associated with ALS Identified

One of the promises of the Human Genome Project was that knowledge of the entirety of the human genetic complement would permit researchers to identify genetic bases for diseases that had been intractable to conventional...more

Analysis of Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review in the Life Sciences Industry Through First Quarter 2015

The recently established inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR) of the America Invents Act have been in the spotlight lately, especially now that the life sciences industry has begun to utilize these...more

California Supreme Court Delineates a Structured Rule of Reason Analysis for Evaluating Reverse Payment or Pay-for-Delay...

On May 7, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in In re Cipro Cases I & II, Case No. S198616 (May 7, 2015) (Cipro). Cipro holds that reverse payment settlements can be challenged under...more

Following Actavis, California Supreme Court Crafts “Structured Rule of Reason” Test for Evaluating Pay-for-Delay Settlements

Last Thursday the Supreme Court of California decided In re Cipro Cases I & II, No. S198616 (Cal. May 7, 2015), holding that reverse payment, or “pay-for-delay,” settlements can be challenged as unreasonable restraints on...more

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