BY: Jason J. Thompson | IN: Class Action & Commercial Litigation
When 19 Michigan municipalities wanted to sue a drug manufacturer for marking up prescription drug prices, they turned to Sommers Schwartz – and won.
Sommers Schwartz filed suit on behalf of various Michigan cities and counties in a class action claiming that they overpaid on more than 400 brand name drugs from 2001 to 2006. They alleged that Drug wholesaler McKesson, and First Data Bank, a publisher of drug data, wrongfully inflated the factor used to calculate the average wholesale price.
Attorney Jason J. Thompson spearheaded the municipalities’ participation in an $82 million nationwide settlement. The allocation among Michigan plaintiffs is as follows:
$1,165,156.43 – City of Detroit
$362,018.02 – Oakland County
$329,684.77 – Wayne County
$195,725.07 – City of Flint
$127,431.16 – City of Pontiac
$91,828.20 – Saginaw County
$72,453.82 – City of Saginaw
$64,393.80 – City of Sterling Heights
$61,526.02 – Bay City
$55,811.92 – Battle Creek
$40,418.65 – Redford Township
$33,803.03 – Livingston County
$24,266.76 – Bay County
$20,604.76 – City of Holland
$18,394.84 – Saginaw Township Community Schools
$15,651.27 – Midland County
$14,721.43 – Cass County
$9,374.67 – City of Riverview
$9,243.06 – Tuscola County
As previously posted, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson praised Sommers Schwartz, along with the county’s Corporation Counsel and Human Resources Department, in their efforts to recover the monies.
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Jason Thompson is a nationally board certified trial attorney and co-chairs Sommers Schwartz’s Complex Litigation Department. He has a formidable breadth of litigation experience, including class action and multidistrict litigation (MDL), and practices nationwide in both state and federal courts.