Reverse Payment Settlements

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently concluded in In re Lamictal Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation that a district court’s reliance on average prices to determine class-wide impact was insufficient. Instead, courts must conduct a rigorous analysis of the facts, evidence and expert testimony at the class certification stage of litigation.


by William Diaz, Raymond A. Jacobsen, Joseph F. Winterscheid and Jeffrey W. Brennan

On October 31, 2011, a California state court of appeal affirmed a lower court’s ruling upholding a "reverse payment" (pay-for-delay) settlement between Bayer (Bayer) AG and Barr Pharmaceuticals (Barr).  Bayer had sued Barr for patent infringement pertaining to the latter’s planned production of a