CRA experts testify in civil antitrust trial involving alleged tying of PICC lines and location devices

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On October 3, 2022, CRA experts testified on behalf of C.R. Bard in AngioDynamics, Inc. v. C.R. Bard, Inc. et al. in the Northern District of New York. AngioDynamics claimed that C.R. Bard had illegally tied its peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) to its leading PICC navigation and location (TLS) devices and thereby foreclosed AngioDynamics’ PICCs from the market.

Fiona Scott Morton, the Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of Management and a Senior Consultant to CRA, testified about the merits of the claim, opining that Bard sold PICC products in a single market—a market for differentiated PICCs, some of which included TLS functionality—rather than products in separate PICC and TLS markets, and that there were no anticompetitive effects associated with the tie. Gregory Bell, CRA Group Vice President and Life Sciences Practice Leader, testified about damages, opining that AngioDynamics had not shown that it would have made any additional sales absent the tie.

On October 6, the jury found for C.R. Bard.

Fiona Scott Morton and Gregory Bell were supported by Vice President Jeffrey Prisbrey and Principal Justin Ho. CRA advised counsel to C.R. Bard.

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