In re Hypodermic Products Antitrust Litigation
Court: United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Case No.: MDL No. 1730
Wexler Wallace serves as interim co-lead class counsel on behalf of hospitals, pharmacies and other purchasers of hypodermic products manufactured by Becton Dickinson. The Plaintiffs allege that Becton maintained a monopoly in the disposable hypodermic products market by “bundling” products to reduce or eliminate competition in one of the “bundled” product markets. As a result, healthcare providers and others paid more for these Becton products than they should have paid for the anti-competitive monopoly.
The hypodermic products at issue in the litigation include items such as disposable syringes and associated needles, disposable blood collection tubes and holders, IV catheter devices, and their associated needles.
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This case had two sets of Plaintiffs claiming the right to sue under the federal antitrust laws: (1) the Distributor Plaintiffs (wholesalers) and (2) the Healthcare Plaintiffs, consisting of hospitals and other healthcare providers. Wexler Wallace represents the Healthcare Plaintiffs. Both sets of Plaintiffs allege that Defendant engaged in anticompetitive practices with respect to sales of disposable syringes and associated needles, disposable blood collection tubes and holders, IV catheter devices and their associated needles. Thus far, the case has largely focused on direct and indirect purchaser standing; on September 30, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled that the Healthcare Plaintiffs are the direct purchasers with respect to the lion’s share of purchases at issue in the litigation. However, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision on September 6, 2012.
The Distributor Plaintiffs recently received final approval of a class settlement. The Healthcare Plaintiffs filed their motion for final approval of a $22 million settlement on January 20, 2014. To visit the settlement website, view court documents, and file a claim form, visit www.hypodermicproductsantitrustlitigation.com.