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Commonwealth v. TAP Pharmaceutical Products, Inc.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

June 16, 2014

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
TAP PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS, INC.; ABBOTT LABORATORIES; ASTRAZENECA PLC; ASTRAZENECA, HOLDINGS, INC.; ASTRAZENECA PHARMACEUTICALS LP; ASTRAZENECA LP; BAYER AG; BAYER CORPORATION; SMITHKLINE BEECHAM CORPORATION D/B/A GLAXOSMITHKLINE; PFIZER, INC.; PHARMACIA CORPORATION; JOHNSON & JOHNSON; ALZA CORPORATION; CENTROCOR, INC.; ETHICON, INC.; JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS, L.P.; MCNEIL-PPC, INC.; ORTHO BIOTECH, INC.; ORTHO BIOTECH PRODUCTS; L.P.; ORTHO-MCNEIL PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.; AMGEN INC.; IMMUNEX CORPORATION; BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY; BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.; BAXTER HEALTHCARE CORPORATION; IMMUNO-U.S., INC.; AVENTIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; AVENTIS BEHRING, L.L.C.; HOECHST MARION ROUSSEL, INC., BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM CORPORATION; BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; BEN VENUE LABORATORIES; BEDFORD LABORATORIES; ROXANE LABORATORIES; SCHERING-PLOUGH CORPORATION; WARRICK PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION; SCHERING SALES CORPORATION; DEY, INC., DONNA A. BOSWELL, ESQ., ANN M. VICKERY, ESQ., AND JOSEPH A. YOUNG, ESQ., Intervenors. APPEAL OF: JOHNSON & JOHNSON, ALZA CORPORATION, CENTOCOR, INC., ETHICON, INC., JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS, L.P., MCNEIL-PPC, INC., ORTHO BIOTECH, INC., ORTHO BIOTECH PRODUCTS, L.P., AND ORTHO-MCNEIL PHARMACEUTICAL, INC. (COLLECTIVELY, THE

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Appeal from the decision of the Commonwealth Court (Opinion re Post-Trial Motions of the Commonwealth and Johnson & Johnson) dated August 31, 2011 at No. 212 MD 2004. Robert E. Simpson, Judge; Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter, President Judge; Barry F. Feudale, Senior Judge.

For: Joseph A. Young, INTERVENOR: Peter F. Vaira, Esq., Vaira & Riley, P.C.

For Johnson & Johnson, Defendants, APPELLANT: William F. Cavanaugh, Jr., Esq.; Peter C. Harvey, Esq., Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler; Walter W. Cohen, Esq., Kevin Joseph Kehner, Esq., Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, L.L.P.; Jonathan H. Hatch, Esq.; Adeel A. Mangi, Esq.; H. David Seidman, Esq.

For Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation, APPELLEE: Ceylan A. Ayasli, Esq.; Lauren O. Casazza, Esq., Brian P. Kavanaugh, Esq., Jane S. Park, Esq., Helen E. Witt, Esq., Kirkland & Ellis, LLP; Alan Klein, Esq., Duane Morris, L.L.P; Anne M. Sidrys, Esq.

For Amgen, Inc., APPELLEE: Steven Barley, Esq.; Frank Richard Emmerich Jr., Esq., James J. Rohn, Esq., Conrad O'Brien, PC; Kelleen McGinnis Scott, Esq.; Jennifer A. Walker, Esq.; Joseph H. Young, Esq.

For Pfizer, Inc., Pharmacia Corporation, APPELLEE: Dana Elizabeth Becker, Esq., John Charles Dodds, Esq., Maire Ellen Donovan, Esq., Abby Jane Elgart, Esq., Susannah R. Henderson, Esq., Barry L. McCoy Jr., Esq., Erica June Smith-Klocek, Esq., Megan L. Traversari, Esq., Morgan Lewis & Bockius, L.L.P.

For Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, APPELLEE: Joseph Stephen Betsko, Esq., James A. Donahue, Esq., Kathleen Granahan Kane, Esq., Office of Attorney General; William O. Crutchlow, Esq.; Barry R. Eichen, Esq., Eichen Crutchlow & McElroy; John M. Elliott, Esq., Dean Richard Philips, Esq., Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski, P.C.; Donald E. Haviland Jr., Esq., Christina Marie Philipp, Esq., Haviland Hughes, LLC., Norman Wesley Marden, Esq.; Judith Pinsof Meyer, Esq., J.P. Meyer Associates; William H. Platt II, Esq., The Platt Law Firm.

For Immunex Corporation, APPELLEE: Frederick Edward Blakelock, Esq., Gibbons P.C.; Eric Wilson Sitarchuk, Esq., Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, L.L.P.

For TAP Pharmaceutical Products, Inc., APPELLEE: John W. Boyle, Esq., Matthew Renwick Divelbiss, Esq., John Daniel Goetz, Esq., Jones Day; Alexandra Makosky, Esq., Pepper Hamilton, L.L.P.; Joseph Uhl Metz, Esq., Dilworth Paxson, L.L.P.

For Bayer Corporation, APPELLEE: Amy Beth Carver, Esq., Lisa Ann Mathewson, Esq., Welsh & Recker, P.C.

For Schering-Plough Corporation, APPELLEE: Scott Andrew Coffina, Esq., Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, L.L.P.

For Baxter International, Inc., APPELLEE: Joseph Gerard DeRespino, Esq., DeRespino & Dougher, P.C.

For Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, APPELLEE: Jennings Fuqua Durand, Esq., William T. McEnroe, Esq., Dechert LLP; Steven M. Edwards, Esq., Robert C. Heim, Esq., Dechert LLP; Stephen Allen Loney Jr., Esq., Hogan & Hartson, LLP; C. Michael Moore, Esq., Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP; David Newmann, Esq.; Jack Mentzer Stover, Esq., Jayson R. Wolfgang, Esq., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Lyndon M. Tretter, Esq.; James S. Zucker, Esq.

For Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., APPELLEE: Brian T. Feeney, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Bryan Lynn Norton, Esq., Lydecker, Lee, Behar, Berga & deZayas; Brett A. Schlossberg, Esq., Fox Rothschild, L.L.P.

For AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, APPELLEE: John G. Harkins Jr., Esq., Harkins Cunningham, LLP.

For Schering-Plough Corporation, Schering Sales Corporation, Warrick Pharmaceuticals Corporation, APPELLEES: Michael Brian Hayes, Esq., Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, L.L.P.

For Bayer AG, APPELLEE: Bridget Elizabeth Montgomery, Esq., Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

For Schering-Plough Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., APPELLEES: Lathrop Barrere Nelson III, Esq., Richard L. Scheff, Esq., Montgomery, McCracken Walker & Rhoads, L.L.P.

JUDGES: BEFORE: Mr. Justice Stevens did not participate in the consideration or decision of this case. Mr. Justice Baer files a concurring statement in which Madame Justice Todd and Mr. Justice McCaffery join.

OPINION

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ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 16th day of June, 2014, the Order of the Commonwealth Court is VACATED, and the matter is remanded per the terms of Mr. Justice Baer's responsive opinion in Commonwealth v. TAP Pharm. Prods., Inc., J-20B-2013, A.3d (Pa. June 16, 2014).[1]

CONCURRING STATEMENT

MR. BAER, JUSTICE

I concur in the Court's order vacating the Commonwealth Court's order and remanding for the reasons set forth in my concurring opinion in Commonwealth v. TAP Pharm. Prods. Inc., ___A.3d. ___ (Pa. June 16, 2014)(Baer, J. concurring) (indicating my view that a remand is warranted for further consideration of the case in light of the OAJC's analysis of the rebate issue).

Madame Justice Todd and Mr. Justice McCaffery join this concurring statement.


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