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        2. MDL 2724 In Re: Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation

          The Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe, Presiding

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          Pretrial Orders
          Hearing Transcripts and Audio Files
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          About

          MDL 2724, In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Antitrust Pricing Litigation, encompasses potential class action lawsuits in which: (a) plaintiffs assert claims for price fixing of generic drugs in violation of the Sherman Act and/or state antitrust laws on behalf of overlapping putative nationwide classes of direct or indirect purchasers of generic pharmaceuticals; (b) the average market price of the subject generic pharmaceutical is alleged to have increased between 2012 and the present; (c) defendants are alleged to have effectuated the alleged conspiracy through direct company-to-company contacts and through joint activities undertaken through trade associations, in particular meetings of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association; and (d) the allegations stem from the same government investigation into anticompetitive conduct in the generic pharmaceuticals industry. Currently, there are claims concerning 18 drugs against a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation recently expanded the scope of the MDL to include claims brought by 40 States, proceeding through their Attorneys General.

          Pretrial Orders

          Order Order Title or Topic Issued ?
          Pretrial Order No. 1 Setting initial conference, inviting applications for liaison counsel and steering committees, establishing initial filing procedures 08/15/2016
          Pretrial Order No. 2 Appointing Roberta Liebenberg, Esquire (on behalf of the End-Payer Plaintiffs) and Dianne Nast, Esquire (on behalf of the Direct-Purchaser Plaintiffs) as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel 09/08/2016
          Pretrial Order No. 3 Appointing Jan Levine, Esquire as Defendants’ Liaison Counsel 09/08/2016
          Pretrial Order No. 4 Setting Status Conference 10/19/2016
          Pretrial Order No. 5 Initial Scheduling, Discovery Protocols, and Acceptance of Servicel 11/16/2016
          Pretrial Order No. 6 Appointing Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) 11/28/2016
          Pretrial Order No. 7 Protective Order 01/26/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 8 Time and Expense Guidelines and Reports 02/21/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 9 Changes to the PSC (Amending PTO 6) 03/20/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 10 Duties and Authority of Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel 03/24/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 11 Briefing on the Motions to Dismiss 03/28/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 12 Procedure for Cases Newly-Filed into MDL 04/10/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 13 Submission of Proposals Regarding Structure of Expanded MDL 04/10/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 14 Setting Status Conference 04/10/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 15 Briefing on the Motions to Dismiss 04/10/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 16 ECF Registration and Notice to Counsel 05/03/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 17 Submission of Applications for PSC and Defense Liaison Counsel 05/04/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 18 Vacating PTO 15; Dismissing Motions to Dismiss 05/04/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 19 Deadlines for Responsive Pleadings 05/09/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 20 Comment Period for Draft Electronic Case Management Order 05/19/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 21 Establishing PSCs and Appointing Counsel (Superseding PTOs 6 and 9) 05/19/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 22 Appointing Defense Liaison Counsel (Superseding PTO 3) 05/19/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 23 Scheduling: Filing of Amended Proposed Class Action Complaints by August 15, 2017; Stay of Discovery until September 15, 2017 05/22/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 24 First Electronic Case Management Protocol Order 05/26/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 25 Amending Paragraph 13 of PTO 24 06/01/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 26 Interim Protective Order Concerning Protected Information for Use in Consolidated Amended Complaints 06/28/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 27 Time and Expense Guidelines and Reports (Supplementing PTO 8) 07/10/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 28 Briefing on Motions to Dismiss; First Motions Due October 6, 2017 07/13/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 29 Interim Protective Order Concerning ECRM Protected Information for Use in Consolidated Amended Complaints 07/31/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 30 Setting Status Conference 08/03/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 31 Service of Process: Approval of Stipulation; Proposal to Resolve Disputes 08/07/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 32 Extending Stay of Discovery 08/28/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 33 Second Electronic Case Management Protocol Order 08/29/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 34 Agreement as to Service of Process 08/30/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 35 Briefing on Motions to Dismiss in Case Management Groups 2 and 3 09/12/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 36 Appointing Liaison Counsel for State Attorneys General Plaintiffs 09/26/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 37 Duties and Authority of Lead Counsel (Superseding PTO 10) 09/28/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 38 Briefing on Defendants’ Motion to Stay Discovery (Amending PTO 32) 10/16/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 39 Briefing on Plaintiff States’ Motion to File a Consolidated Amended Complaint and Motion for a Separate Government Track 11/14/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 40 Filing Documents Under Seal for Briefing of Motions to Dismiss in the Private Actions 11/29/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 41 Modifying Page Limits for End-Payer Plaintiffs 12/04/2017
          Pretrial Order No. 42 Change to the End-Payer Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee 01/25/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 43 Setting General Status Conference for February 21, 2018 02/01/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 44 Allowing Targeted Discovery to Proceed 02/09/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 45 Protective Order 02/13/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 46 Staying Briefing on Motions to Dismiss in Case Management Groups 2 and 3 (Amending PTO 35) -
          Pretrial Order No. 47 Allowing Additional Targeted Discovery to Proceed 04/19/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 48 Third Electronic Case Management Protocol Order 06/05/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 49 Appointment of Special Masters 08/06/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 50 Parties' Access to Unredacted Complaint 08/14/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 51 Amending PTO 46 08/17/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 52 Special Masters’ Access to Sealed Documents 08/23/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 53 Protective Order (Modifying PTO 45) 09/04/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 54 Clarifying Pretrial Order No. 49 09/04/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 55 Supplemental Briefing 09/04/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 56 General Status Conference 10/17/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 57 Special Discovery Master Fees 10/23/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 58 Special Master Fees 10/23/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 59 Referral of Proposed ESI Protocol 11/19/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 60 Allowing Additional Targeted Discovery to Proceed 11/20/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 61 Amendments and Motions to Dismiss 11/20/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 62 Status Conferences 11/20/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 63 Referral to Special Master 11/20/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 64 Status Conferences 12/10/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 65 Special Discovery Master Fees 12/17/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 66 Special Master Fees 12/20/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 67 Scheduling Oral Argument 12/20/2018
          Pretrial Order No. 68 Special Masters' Protocol 01/04/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 69 Referral to Special Discovery Master 01/04/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 70 Protocol Regarding Private Plaintiffs’ Motion for Access 01/31/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 71 Procedures on Motions to Dismiss 02/08/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 72 Briefing on ESI Issues 02/08/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 73 Allowing Additional Discovery to Proceed 02/14/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 74 Appointment of Special Discovery Master for ESI 02/14/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 75 Special Discovery Master Fees 02/15/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 76 Referral to Special Master 02/19/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 77 Civil Suspense 02/19/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 78 Special Master Fees 03/01/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 79 Amended Complaints, Answers, and Motions to Dismiss 03/08/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 80 Procedure for Filing of Amended Complaints and Other Voluminous Documents Filed Under Seal 03/22/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 81 Mylan Response to Plaintiffs’ Interrogatory No. 2 03/28/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 82 Resolution of Global Discovery Disputes 04/05/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 83 Unsealing Certain Documents 04/08/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 84 Changes to the Indirect Reseller Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee 04/08/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 85 Applications for Liaison Counsel for Direct Action Plaintiffs 04/08/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 86 Status Conferences 04/08/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 87 Special Discovery Master Fees 04/17/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 88 Special Master Fees 04/29/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 89 Direct Action Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel 05/29/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 90 Modifying PTO 70 05/31/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 91 Time Change for Status Conference of July 12, 2019 06/17/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 92 Special Discovery Master Fees 06/17/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 93 Special Master Fees 06/27/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 94 Supplemental Protective Order Governing Phone Records 07/12/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 95 ESI Protocol 07/12/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 96 Allowing Written Discovery to Proceed; Limited Stay of Depositions 07/12/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 97 Change to the Indirect Resellers Plaintiffs' Steering Committee 07/22/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 98 Rescheduling Leadership Status Conference 07/24/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 99 Status Conferences 08/09/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 100 Special Discovery Master Fees 08/12/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 101 Special Master Fees 08/23/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 102 Status Conferences 10/02/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 103 Special Discovery Master Fees 10/16/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 104 Special Discovery Master for ESI Fees 10/23/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 105 Case Management Order 10/24/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 106 Amending PTO 70 10/25/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 107 Special Master Fees 10/25/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 108 Extending Terms of PTO 96 11/13/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 109 Special Discovery Master Fees 12/15/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 110 Amending Certain Dates in PTO 105 12/26/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 111 Special Master Fees 12/26/2019
          Pretrial Order No. 112 Status Conferences 01/15/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 113 Special Discovery Master Fees 02/24/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 114 Special Master Fees 03/02/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 115 Extending Terms of PTO 96 and PTO 108 03/18/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 116 Extending Terms of PTO 96 and PTO 108 03/27/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 117 Allowing Written Discovery to Proceed; Limited Stay of Depositions 03/31/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 118 Postponement of Status Conference 04/02/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 119 Special Discovery Master Fees 04/15/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 120 Special Master Fees 04/22/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 121 Special Discovery Master for ESI Fees 04/23/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 122 Stipulated Order Regarding Non-Disclosure of Certain Expert Witness Information 04/27/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 123 Second Amended Case Management Order and Discovery Schedule 04/27/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 124 Leadership Status Conference 04/27/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 125 Amending Pretrial Order No. 22 as to Defense Liaison Counsel 05/14/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 126 Allowing Written Discovery to Proceed; Limited Stay of Depositions 06/05/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 127 General Status Conference 06/05/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 128 Special Discovery Master Fees 06/22/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 129 Special Master Fees 06/22/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 130 Procedure for General Status Conference 06/30/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 131 Access to General Status Conference 07/06/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 132 Bellwether Selection 07/13/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 133 Status Conferences 07/15/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 134 Special Discovery Master for ESI Fees 08/04/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 135 Special Master Fees 08/24/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 136 Allowing Written Discovery to Proceed; Limited Stay of Depositions 08/31/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 137 Third Amended Case Management Order and Discovery Schedule 09/09/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 138 Confidentiality Designation Order as to "Group 3 Defendants" 09/10/2020
          Pretrial Order No. 139 New Deadlines for PTO 105 Section 5(c) 09/10/2020

          Hearing Transcripts and Audio Files

          Hearing No. Title or Topic Date Held Docket Entry No. Date Entered ?
          1 Transcript for First Hearing 09/08/2016 63 10/03/2016 PACER
          1 Audio File(s) for First Hearing 09/08/2016 428 08/28/2017 PACER
          2 Transcript for Second Hearing 11/16/2016 86 12/05/2016 PACER
          2 Audio File(s) for Second Hearing 11/16/2016 429 08/28/2017 PACER
          3 Transcript for Third Hearing 05/04/2017 338 05/18/2017 PACER
          3 Audio File(s) for Third Hearing 05/04/2017 430 08/28/2017 PACER

          Contacts

          Co-Lead Class Plaintiffs’ Counsel and Liaison Counsel: Dianne M. Nast, Esq.

          NastLaw LLC
          1101 Market Street
          Suite 2801
          Philadelphia, PA 19107
          Telephone: (215) 923-9300
          E-mail: dnast@nastlaw.com
          Co-Lead Class Plaintiffs’ Counsel and Liaison Counsel: Roberta Liebenberg, Esq.

          Fine, Kaplan, and Black R.P.C.
          One South Broad Street
          23rd Floor
          Philadelphia, PA 19107
          Telephone: (215) 567-6565
          E-mail: rliebenberg@finekaplan.com
          State Attorneys General Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel: W. Joseph Nielsen, Esq.

          Connecticut Attorney General’s Office
          55 Elm St
          Hartford, CT 06106
          Telephone: (860) 808-5396
          E-mail: Joseph.Nielsen@ct.gov
          Lead Defense Liaison Counsel: Jan P. Levine, Esq.

          Pepper Hamilton LLP
          3000 Two Logan Square
          Eighteenth & Arch Streets
          Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799
          Telephone: (215) 981-4000
          E-mail: levinej@pepperlaw.com

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