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In re Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

November 14, 2017

IN RE TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION
v.
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Case No. 1:15-cv-3941 THIS DOCUMENT RELATES TO Holtsclaw

          Andrew K. Solow James D. Herschlein ARNOLD & PORTER KAYE SCHOLER LLP Pamela J. Yates ARNOLD & PORTER KAYE SCHOLER LLP Counsel for Defendant Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, LLC (f/k/a Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)

          DEFENDANT'S MOTION UNDER RULE 50(A) FOR JUDGMENT AS A MATTER OF LAW AND MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT

          Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly, Judge.

         TABLE OF CONTENTS

         TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ......................................................................................................... ii

         INTRODUCTION ......................................................................................................................... 1

         I. PLAINTIFF FAILED TO PRESENT SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD HIS HEART ATTACK BUT FOR TESTIM ..................... 2

         II. PLAINTIFF FAILED TO ESTABLISH NECESSARY ELEMENTS OF HIS NEGLIGENCE AND STRICT LIABILITY CLAIMS ..................................................... 3

A. Plaintiff Failed to Present Sufficient Evidence that Testim was Unreasonably Dangerous ....................................................................................... 3
B. Plaintiff Failed To Present Sufficient Evidence that Testim's Labeling Caused His Injury .................................................................................................. 6

         III. PLAINTIFF FAILED TO ESTABLISH NECESSARY ELEMENTS OF HIS MISREPRESENTATION CLAIM .................................................................................... 8

         IV. PLAINTIFF FAILED TO ESTABLISH NECESSARY ELEMENTS OF HIS CLAIM FOR CONCEALMENT ..................................................................................... 10

A. Plaintiff Failed To Present Sufficient Evidence of Any Material Omission that Auxilium Had a Duty to Disclose ................................................................. 11
B. Plaintiff Failed To Show that He Relied on Any Misrepresentation by Concealment ........................................................................................................ 12

         V. THE EVIDENCE ESTABLISHES THAT PLAINTIFF'S STATE LAW CLAIMS CHALLENGING THE ADEQUACY OF TESTIM'S LABELING ARE PREEMPTED BY FEDERAL LAW ............................................................................... 13

         VI. PLAINTIFF FAILED TO PRESENT SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO JUSTIFY AN AWARD OF PUNITIVE DAMAGES ..................................................................... 14

         CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................ 15

         TABLE OF AUTHORITIES

         Cases

         Page(s)

         Atkins v. Kirkpatrick, 823 S.W.2d 547 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1991) ..................................................................................... 9

         B.G. Balmer & Co., Inc. v. Frank Crystal & Co., Inc., 148 A.3d 454 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2016) ......................................................................................... 14

         Cerveny v. Aventis, Inc., 855 F.3d 1091(10th Cir. 2017) ................................................................................................ 14

         Chrisman v. Hill Home Dev., Inc., 978 S.W.2d 535 (Tenn. 1998) ............................................................................................ 10, 12

         Coffey v. Foamex L.P., 2 F.3d 157 (6th Cir. 1993) ......................................................................................................... 9

         Davis v. McGuigan, 325 S.W.3d 149 (Tenn. 2010) .................................................................................................... 8

         Garrett v. Barnes, 961 F.2d 629 (7th Cir. 1992) ............................................................................................... 1, 15

         Hall v. Forest River, Inc., 536 F.3d 615 (7th Cir. 2008) ...


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