New White Paper from Paul Bender questions parallel legislative efforts in the Senate
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the day the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in FTC v. Actavis, a case that challenges the rights of brand-name and generic drug manufacturers to settle patent litigation out of court, Paul Bender, who served as Principal Deputy Solicitor General under President Bill Clinton, has released a new white paper on the topic. Bender, currently professor of law and Dean Emeritus of the University of Arizona Law School, wrote the paper with colleagues Christopher A. Mohr and Michael R. Klipper. Entitled, "Inappropriate Interference With the Fundamental Right to Settle Litigation," the paper identifies a number of ways that the law supports the right of companies to include considerations in the settlement of these cases.
"There is no one more qualified to comment on these matters than Paul Bender," said Ralph G. Neas, President and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. "From the time that he clerked for Judge Learned Hand and then for Justice Felix Frankfurter until today, Paul has had a deep understanding of constitutional law. That, coupled with his decades of experience with the impact that policy can have on citizens, is what makes his analysis so salient. Bender's paper confirms that not only should the court uphold the fundamental right of companies to include consideration in settling these cases, but that Congress should, too."The white paper examines legislation currently before the Senate, S.214, that raises many of the same issues as the case facing the Court today. The bill seeks to restrict the right of brand and generic pharmaceutical companies to settle out of court. Bender finds the premise of the law— and the FTC case— "hopelessly flawed," due to interfering with litigant rights to settle, unfair burdens of proof, conflict with the statutory presumption of patent validity, frustration of the pro-litigation provisions of Hatch-Waxman, and precluding pro-consumer settlements.