In re Lorazepam & Clorazepate Antitrust Litigation
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
289 F.3d 98 (2002)
Mylan Laboratories, Inc. (Mylan) (defendant) manufactured the antianxiety drugs lorazepam and clorazepate (the drugs). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled an antitrust case with Mylan on behalf of indirect purchasers of the drugs. After the FTC settlement, a class of direct purchasers of the drugs (the direct purchasers) (plaintiffs) filed a class-action lawsuit in federal district court against Mylan under § 4 of the Clayton Act, alleging that Mylan’s actions regarding the drugs violated federal antitrust laws. Mylan moved to dismiss the case, arguing that the FTC settlement made on behalf of indirect purchasers precluded recovery by the direct purchasers. Mylan relied on the indirect-purchaser doctrine established by Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, arguing that this case established a policy that only one class of purchasers may recover on alleged antitrust violations. Mylan also argued that the direct-purchaser class improperly contained both direct and indirect purchasers. The district court denied Mylan’s motion and certified the direct-purchaser class. Mylan appealed the class-certification decision under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(f) (Rule 23(f)).
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rogers, J.)
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