868 F.3d 231 (3rd Cir. 2017), 14-4202, In re Lipitor Antitrust Litigation

Docket Nº:14-4202, 14-4203, 14-4204, 14-4205, 14-4206, 14-4602, 15-1184, 15-1185, 15-1186, 15-1187, 15-1274, 15-1323, 15-1342
Citation:868 F.3d 231
Opinion Judge:SMITH, Chief Judge.
Party Name:In re: LIPITOR ANTITRUST LITIGATION, RITE AID CORPORATION; RITE AID HDQTRS CORPORATION; JCG (PJC) USA, LLC; MAXI DRUG, INC. d/b/a Brooks Pharmacy; ECKERD CORPORATION, Appellants in No. 14-4202, WALGREEN COMPANY; THE KROGER COMPANY; SAFEWAY, INC.; SUPERVALU, INC.; HEB GROCERY COMPANY L.P., Appellants in No. 14-4203, GIANT EAGLE, INC., Appellant in N
Attorney:For Rite Aid Corp., Rite Aid Hdqtrs. Corp., Maxi Drug Inc., Eckerd Corp. and JCG (PJC) USA LLC, Appellants: Monica L. Kiley, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Harrisburg, PA; Maureen S. Lawrence, Barry L. Refsin [ARGUED], Philadelphia, PA. For Walgreen Co., Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Supe...
Judge Panel:Before: SMITH, Chief Judge, AMBRO, and FISHER, Circuit Judges.
Case Date:August 21, 2017
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
 
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868 F.3d 231 (3rd Cir. 2017)

In re: LIPITOR ANTITRUST LITIGATION, RITE AID CORPORATION; RITE AID HDQTRS CORPORATION; JCG (PJC) USA, LLC; MAXI DRUG, INC. d/b/a Brooks Pharmacy; ECKERD CORPORATION, Appellants in No. 14-4202, WALGREEN COMPANY; THE KROGER COMPANY; 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; 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. of 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, 15-1184, 15-1185, 15-1186, 15-1187, 15-1274, 15- 1323, 15-1342

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

August 21, 2017

Argued May 19, 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-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: The Honorable Peter G. Sheridan.

For Rite Aid Corp., Rite Aid Hdqtrs. Corp., Maxi Drug Inc., Eckerd Corp. and JCG (PJC) USA LLC, Appellants: Monica L. Kiley, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Harrisburg, PA; Maureen S. Lawrence, Barry L. Refsin [ARGUED], Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Philadelphia, PA.

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

For Giant Eagle, Inc., Appellant: David P. Germaine, Joseph M. Vanek, Vanek, Vickers & Masini, P.C., Chicago, IL; Moira Cain-Mannix, Bernard D. Marcus, Erin G. Allen, Marcus & Shapira LLP, Pittsburgh, PA.

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

For Direct-Purchaser Class Plaintiffs Rochester Drug Co-Operative, Inc., et al., Appellants: Gregory T. Arnold, Kristen A. Johnson, Kristie A. LaSalle, Thomas M. Sobol [ARGUED], Hagens Berman Sobol & Shapiro LLP, Cambridge, MA; Caitlin Coslett, Eric L. Cramer, Jennifer MacNaughton, Daniel Simons, David F. Sorensen [ARGUED], Richard D. Schwartz, Berger & Montague, P.C., Philadelphia, PA; Elena K. Chan, Bruce E. Gerstein [ARGUED], Kimberly Hennings, Garwin Gerstein & Fisher LLP, 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, Lexington, MS.

For Direct-Purchaser Class Plaintiffs Rochester Drug Co-Operative, Inc., et al., Appellants: 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.

For End-Payor Class Plaintiffs AFL-AGC Building Trades Welfare Plan, et al., Appellants: Justin N. Boley, Bethany R. Turke, Kenneth A. Wexler, Wexler Wallace LLP, Chicago, IL; James W. Anderson, Vincent J. Esades, Renae Steiner, David R. Woodward [ARGUED], 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.

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

For Painters District Council No. 30 Health & Welfare Fund and Medical Mutual of Ohio, Appellants: Joseph M. Alioto, 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; 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.

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

For Federal Trade Commission as Amicus 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.

For 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, Appellees: 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, Eleonore Ofosu-Antwi, Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly & Falanga, Newark, NJ.

For Ranbaxy, Inc., Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Appellees: 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.

For American Tort Reform Association and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America as Amici Curiae in support of Appellees: Katherine A. Helm, Noah M. Leibowitz, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York, NY; Victor E. Schwartz, Philip S. Goldberg, Cary Silverman, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Washington, DC.

For Antitrust Economists as Amici Curiae in support of Appellees: Jonathan D. Hacker, Edward Hassi, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Washington, DC.

For Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America as Amicus Curiae in support of Appellees: Ashley Bass, Stephen Bartenstein, Andrew D. Lazerow, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C.

For Generic Pharmaceutical Association as Amicus...

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