855 F.3d 126 (3rd Cir. 2017), 14-4202, In re Lipitor Antitrust Litigation

Docket Nº:14-4202, 14-4203, 14-4204, 14-4205, 14-4206, 14-4602, 14-4632, 15-1184, 15-1185, 15-1186, 15-1187, 15-1274, 15-1323, 15-1342
Citation:855 F.3d 126
Opinion Judge:FISHER, Circuit Judge.
Party Name:IN RE: LIPITOR ANTITRUST LITIGATION; Rite Aid Corporation; Rite Aid Hdqtrs. Corporation; JC (PJC) USA, LLC; Maxi Drug, Inc. d/b/a Brooks Pharmacy; Eckerd Corporation, Appellants in No. 14-4202, Walgreen Company; the Kroger Co.; Safeway, Inc.; Supervalu, Inc.; HEB Grocery Company L.P., Appellants in No. 14-4203, Giant Eagle, Inc., Appellant in ...
Attorney:Monica L. Rebuck, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Harrisburg, PA, Maureen S. Lawrence, Barry L. Refsin [ARGUED], Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, One Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellants Rite Aid Corp., Rite Aid Hdqtrs Corp., Maxi Drug Inc., Eckerd Corp. and...
Judge Panel:Before: AMBRO, SMITH[*] and FISHER,[**] Circuit Judges.
Case Date:April 13, 2017
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
 
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855 F.3d 126 (3rd Cir. 2017)

IN RE: LIPITOR ANTITRUST LITIGATION;

Rite Aid Corporation; Rite Aid Hdqtrs. Corporation; JC (PJC) USA, LLC; Maxi Drug, Inc. d/b/a Brooks Pharmacy; Eckerd Corporation, Appellants in No. 14-4202,

Walgreen Company; the Kroger Co.; Safeway, Inc.; Supervalu, Inc.; HEB Grocery Company L.P., Appellants in No. 14-4203,

Giant Eagle, Inc., Appellant in No. 14-4204,

Meijer, Inc.; Meijer Distribution, Inc., Appellants in No. 14-4205, Rochester Drug Co-Operative, Inc.; Stephen L. LaFrance Pharmacy, Inc. d/b/a SAJ Distributors; Burlington Drug Company, Inc.; Value Drug Company; Professional Drug Company, Inc.; American Sales Company LLC, Appellants in No. 14-4206,

A.F.L.-A.G.C. Building Trades Welfare Plan; Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland; New Mexico United Food and Commercial Workers Union's and Employers' Health and Welfare Trust Fund; Louisiana Health Service Indemnity Company, d/b/a Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana; Bakers Local 433 Health Fund; Twin Cities Bakery Workers Health and Welfare Fund; Fraternal Order of Police, Fort Lauderdale Lodge 31, Insurance Trust Fund; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98; New York Hotel Trades Counsel & Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., Health Benefits Fund; Edward Czarnecki; Emilie Heinle; Frank Palter; Andrew Livezey; Edward Ellenson; Jean Ellyne Dougan; Nancy Billington, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Appellants in No. 14-4602,

RP Healthcare, Inc.; Chimes Pharmacy, Inc.; James Clayworth, R.Ph., d/b/a Clayworth Pharmacy; Marin Apothecaries, Inc., d/b/a Ross Valley Pharmacy; Golden Gate Pharmacy Services, Inc., d/b/a Golden Gate Pharmacy; Pediatric Care Pharmacy, Inc.; Meyers Pharmacy, Inc.; Tony Mavrantonis R. Ph., d/b/a Jack's Drugs; Tilley Apothecaries Inc., d/b/a Zweber's Apothecary, Appellants in No. 14-4632;

IN RE: EFFEXOR XR ANTITRUST LITIGATION; Walgreen, Co.; the Kroger, Co.; Safeway, Inc.; Supervalu, Inc.; HEB Grocery Company LP; American Sales Company, Inc., Appellants in No. 15-1184,

Rite Aid Corporation; Rite Aid Hdqtrs., Corporation; JCG (PJC) USA, LLC; Maxi Drug, Inc. d/b/a Brooks Pharmacy; Eckerd Corporation; CVS Caremark Corporation, Appellants in No. 15-1185,

Giant Eagle, Inc., Appellant in No. 15-1186,

Meijer, Inc.; Meijer Distribution, Inc., Appellants in No. 15-1187,

Professional Drug Company, Inc.; Rochester Drug Co-Operative, Inc.; Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings, Inc.; Stephen L. LaFrance Pharmacy, Inc. d/b/a SAJ Distributors; Uniondale Chemist, Inc., Appellants in No. 15-1274,

Painters District Council No. 30 Health & Welfare Fund; Medical Mutual of Ohio, Appellants in No. 15-1323,

A.F.L.-A.G.C. Building Trades Welfare Plan; Daryl Deino; IBEW-NECA Local 505 Health & Welfare Plan; Louisiana Health Service Indemnity Company d/b/a Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana; Man-U Service Contract Trust Fund; MC-UA Local 119 Health & Welfare Plan; New Mexico United Food and Commercial Workers Union's and Employers' Health and Welfare Trust Fund; Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 572 Health and Welfare Fund; Sergeants Benevolent Association Health and Welfare Fund; Patricia Sutter (together " End-Payor Class Plaintiffs" ) on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Appellants in No. 15-1342

Nos. 14-4202, 14-4203, 14-4204, 14-4205, 14-4206, 14-4602, 14-4632, 15-1184, 15-1185, 15-1186, 15-1187, 15-1274, 15-1323, 15-1342

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

April 13, 2017

         Argued September 27, 2016

         As Amended April 20, 2017.

          On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. (MDL 2332) / (D.N.J. No. 3-12-cv-02389) / (D.N.J. No. 3-12-cv-02478) / (D.N.J. No. 3-12-cv-02519) / (D.N.J. No. 3-12-cv-04115) / (D.N.J. No. 3-12-cv-04537) / (D.N.J. No. 3-12-cv-05129) / (D.N.J. No. 3-12-cv-06774) / (D.N.J. No. 3-12-cv-07561) (D.N.J. No. 3-11-cv-05479) / (D.N.J. No. 3-11-cv-05590) / (D.N.J. No. 3-11-cv-05661) / (D.N.J. No. 3-11-cv-06985) / (D.N.J. No. 3-11-cv-07504) / (D.N.J. No. 3-12-cv-03116) / (D.N.J. No. 3-12-cv-03523). District Judge: Honorable Peter G. Sheridan.

         Monica L. Rebuck, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Harrisburg, PA, Maureen S. Lawrence, Barry L. Refsin [ARGUED], Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, One Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellants Rite Aid Corp., Rite Aid Hdqtrs Corp., Maxi Drug Inc., Eckerd Corp. and JCG (PJC) USA LLC.

         Anna T. Neill, Scott E. Perwin [ARGUED], Lauren C. Ravkind Kenny Nachwalter, P.A. Miami, FL. Counsel for Appellants Walgreen Co., Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Supervalu, Inc., HEB Grocery Co. LP and American Sales Co. LLC.

         David P. Germaine, Joseph M. Vanek, Vanek, Vickers & Masini, P.C., Chicago, IL, Bradley J. Demuth, Linda P. Nussbaum, Nussbaum Law Group P.C., New York, NY, Counsel for Appellants Meijer, Inc. and Meijer Distribution.

         Moira Cain-Mannix, Bernard D. Marcus, Marcus & Shapira LLP, One Oxford Centre, Pittsburgh, PA, Counsel for Appellant Giant Eagle, Inc.

         Gregory T. Arnold, Kristen A. Johnson, Kristie A. LaSalle, Thomas M. Sobol, Hagens Berman Sobol & Shapiro LLP, Cambridge, MA, Caitlin Coslett, Eric L. Cramer, Jennifer MacNaughton, Esq., Daniel Simons, Esq., David F. Sorensen, Esq., Berger & Montague, P.C., Philadelphia, PA, Elena K. Chan, Bruce E. Gerstein, Kimberly Hennings, Garwin Gerstein & Fisher, New York, NY, Peter Kohn, Richard D. Schwartz, Faruqi & Faruqi LLP, Jenkintown, PA, Miles Greaves, Barry S. Taus, Taus Cebulash & Landau, LLP, New York, NY, Erin C. Burns, Dianne M. Nast, NastLaw LLC, Philadelphia, PA, Don Barrett, Barrett Law Group, 404 Court Square, Lexington, MS, Counsel for Appellants Direct-Purchaser Class Plaintiffs Rochester Drug Co-Operative, Inc., et al.

         James E. Cecchi [ARGUED], Lindsey H. Taylor, Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Olstein, Brody, & Agnello, P.C., Roseland, NJ, Peter S. Pearlman, Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP, Saddle Brook, NJ, Liaison Counsel for Appellants Direct-Purchaser Class Plaintiffs Rochester Drug Co-Operative, Inc., et al.

         Justin N. Boley, Bethany R. Turke, Kenneth A. Wexler, Wexler Wallace LLP, Chicago, IL, James W. Anderson, Vincent J. Esades, Renae Steiner, David Woodward, Heins Mills & Olson, P.L.C., Minneapolis, MN, J. Douglas Richards, Sharon K. Robertson, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC, New York, NY, Michael M. Buchman, Alex Straus, Esq., Motley Rice LLC, New York, NY, Jeffrey L. Kodroff, John A. Macoretta, Spector Roseman Kodroff & Willis, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellants End-Payor Class Plaintiffs AFL-AGC Building Trades Welfare Plan, et al.

         Lisa J. Rodriguez, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Woodland Falls Corporate Park, Cherry Hill, NJ, Liaison Counsel for Appellants End-Payor Class Plaintiffs AFL-AGC Building Trades Welfare Plan, et al.

         Joseph M. Alioto [ARGUED], Jamie L. Miller, Theresa Driscoll Moore, Alioto Law Firm, San Francisco, CA, Timothy A.C. May, Gil D. Messina, Messina Law Firm, P.C., Holmdel, NJ, James M. Dombroski, Law Office of James M. Dombroski, Petaluma, CA, Counsel for Appellants RP Healthcare, Inc., et al.

         Lori A. Fanning, Marvin A. Miller, Matthew E. Van Tine, Miller Law LLC, Chicago, IL, Kevin P. Roddy, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., Woodbridge, NJ, Mark S. Sandmann, Hill Carter Franco Cole & Black, P.C., Louisville, KY, Counsel for Appellants Painters District Council No. 30 Health & Welfare Fund and Medical Mutual of Ohio.

         Steve D. Shadowen, Hilliard & Shadowen LLP, Austin, TX, Michael A. Carrier, Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJ, Counsel for 48 Law, Economics, and Business Professors and the American Antitrust Institute as Amici Curiae in support of Appellants.

         Jonathan E. Nuechterlein, Former General Counsel, David C. Shonka, Acting General Counsel, Joel Marcus, Director of Litigation, Michele Arington, Assistant General Counsel, Deborah L. Feinstein, Director, Markus H. Meier, Acting Deputy Director, Bradley S. Albert, Deputy Assistant Director, Elizabeth R. Hilder, Heather Johnson, Jamie R. Towey, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC, Counsel for Federal Trade Commission as Amicus Curiae in support of Appellants.

         Dimitrios T. Drivas, Raj S. Gandesha, Bryan D. Gant, Sheryn E. George, Robert A. Milne [ARGUED], Brendan G. Woodard, Amy E. Boddorff, White & Case LLP, New York, NY, Liza M. Walsh, Connell Foley LLP One Newark Center, Newark, NJ, Counsel for Appellees Pfizer, Inc., Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals, Warner-Lambert Company, Warner-Lambert Company LLC, Wyeth, Inc., Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Wyeth-Whitehall Pharmaceuticals LLC and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Company.

         Jonathan D. Janow, John C. O'Quinn, Gregory L. Skidmore, Edwin J. U, Karen N. Walker, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Washington, DC, Jay P. Lefkowitz, [ARGUED], Joseph Serino, Jr., Steven J. Menashi, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY, Counsel for Appellees Ranbaxy, Inc., Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

         Katherine A. Helm, Noah M. Leibowitz [ARGUED], Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP,...

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