Case Detail

Sidney Hillman Health Center of Rochester v. Abbott Laboratories
On June 12, 2017, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, urging it to require dismissal of lawsuits seeking RICO damages, when the plaintiff lacks a direct relationship with the defendant and thus cannot prove that the defendant directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries. RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, is the federal anti-racketeering law. WLF’s brief argues that a plaintiff cannot demonstrate the requisite “proximate cause,” demanded of all RICO plaintiffs, if his theory of causation is too attenuated; e.g., if any damages depend on the actions of intermediaries not under the defendant’s control. The plaintiff health insurers argue they were injured when a drug manufacturer allegedly improperly induced doctors to prescribe its drug. WLF’s brief argues that the insurers cannot demonstrate proximate cause because any damages they may have suffered depended on the intervening actions of doctors.
Case Status:
Awaiting oral argument.
More Information and Downloads:
6/12/2017: Download the Brief

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