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In Re Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


November 27, 2012

IN RE YASMIN AND YAZ (DROSPIRENONE) MARKETING, SALES PRACTICES AND PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge:

This Document Relates to: Judge David R. Herndon

ORDER GRANTING SUMMARY JUDGMENT AS TO CERTAIN

Wright v. Bayer Corporation et al. No. DEFENDANTS 3:12-cv-20105-DRH-PMF

ORDER GRANTING SUMMARY JUDGMENT AS TO CERTAIN DEFENDANTS

Now before the Court is the defendants', Barr Laboratories, Inc., ("Barr") and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., ("Teva") motion for summary judgment filed on October 11, 2012 (Doc. 16). The plaintiff alleges that she was diagnosed with a pulmonary thromboembolism as a result of her use of the oral contraceptives YAZ -- a product alleged to be manufactured and distributed by other named defendants -- and Tri-Sprintec -- a product alleged to have been manufactured by defendants Barr and Teva. Bar and Teva's motion for summary judgment relates exclusively to Tri-Sprintec, the only product at issue with respect to Barr and Teva. Tri-Sprintec is a generic version of the reference listed drug ("RLD") Ortho Tri-Cyclen. The plaintiff asserts the following claims against Barr and Teva: negligence, wantoness, design defect, failure to warn, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, breach of Alabama Extended Manufacturer's Liability Doctrine, fraudulent misrepresentation, and fraudulent concealment. Barr and Teva move for judgment on all of the plaintiff's claims against them pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(c). Specifically, Barr and Teva argue that they are entitled to summary judgment under PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, 564 U.S. --, 131 S. Ct. 2567 (2011) reh'g denied 2011 WL 3557247 (U.S. Aug. 15, 2011).

The plaintiff's responsive pleading was due by November 16, 2012. To date, the plaintiff has not responded to Barr and Teva's motion for summary judgment. The Court considers the plaintiff's failure to respond to Barr and Teva's motion as an admission of its merits. SDIL-LR 7.1(c)-7.1(g). Further, in light of Mensing, the Court finds no substantive reason to deny the motion for summary judgment. Accordingly, the Court GRANTS Barr and Teva's motion for summary judgment. The Court finds in favor of Barr and Teva and against the plaintiff on all counts of the plaintiff's complaint. All counts remain pending against the Bayer defendants. The Court DIRECTS the Clerk of the Court to terminate Barr and Teva from the case. FURTHER, the Court DIRECTS the Clerk of the Court to enter judgment reflecting the same at the close of the case.

Digitally signed by Date: 2012.11.27

David R. Herndon Chief Judge United States District Court

IT IS SO ORDERED.

20121127

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