Skiadas v. Acer Therapeutics Inc., 2020 WL 3268495 (S.D.N.Y. June 16, 2020)

On June 16, 2020, Judge Gregory Woods of the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss an action against Acer Therapeutics Inc. and certain of its executives regarding disclosures made in offering documents prior to the Company’s submission of a New Drug Application (“NDA”) for EDSIVO, a drug that treats Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (“vEDS”).  Plaintiff allege that when the FDA declined to approve the drug, Acer’s stock dropped.


Continue Reading S.D.N.Y. Partially Dismisses Claims Against Pharmaceutical Company, But Allows Claim Regarding Misleading Statements About Upcoming NDA for Rare Tissue Disorder To Proceed

Nguyen v. Endologix, Inc., 2020 WL 3069776 (9th Cir. June 10, 2020)

On June 10, 2020, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities fraud class action brought against a medical device corporation, Endologix, Inc., and certain of its officers, regarding statements concerning the FDA’s likelihood of premarket approval of the Company’s aneurysm sealing product, Nellix. The Court held that plaintiff failed to allege facts giving rise to a strong inference of scienter (i.e., fraudulent intent) and thus failed to adequately plead a claim for securities fraud.


Continue Reading Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Action Regarding Statements Concerning Likelihood of FDA Premarket Approval of Aneurysm Sealing Device

Smith v. Antares Pharma, Inc., 2020 WL 2041752 (D.N.J. Apr. 28, 2020)

Judge Michael A. Shipp of the District of New Jersey dismissed a putative class action complaint filed against Antares Pharma, Inc., and certain of its officers, holding that the plaintiff failed to adequately allege an actionable misrepresentation or omission concerning certain adverse events observed in two Phase 3 clinical studies of Antares’s lead product, QuickShot Testosterone (“QST”), an auto injector product for testosterone replacement therapy.  Plaintiff alleged that Antares made eight materially false or misleading statements concerning the safety of the product and likelihood of FDA approval.


Continue Reading District of New Jersey Dismisses Action Regarding Company’s Statements Concerning Drug Delivery System’s Safety

Biondolillo v. Roche Holding AG, 2019 WL 2498928 (D.N.J. June 17, 2019)

On June 17, 2019, Senior Judge Anne E. Thompson granted a motion to dismiss an action alleging that Roche Holding AG and four executives misled investors by failing to disclose a conflict of interest on the part of a study’s trial investigator.

Plaintiffs alleged that Roche’s statements regarding one of its drug trials were misleading because Roche failed to disclose that it had paid millions of dollars in consulting fees and other payments to a doctor who served as one of the trial investigators and co-authored a publication of the study.


Continue Reading District of New Jersey Dismisses Action For Failure to Allege Materiality of Non-Disclosure of a Conflict of Interest

Nguyen v. New Link Genetics Corp., 2019 WL 591556 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 13, 2019)

On February 13, 2019, Judge William H. Pauley, III of the Southern District of New York dismissed a proposed investor class action against New Link Genetics Corporation.

Plaintiffs’ allegations arose out of a disclosure by New Link that a Phase 3 trial of its drug candidate for patients with resected pancreatic cancer did not achieve its primary endpoint, which plaintiffs alleged triggered a 30% drop in its stock value.


Continue Reading S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Investor Suit Concerning Pancreatic Cancer Drug Study

In re Novan, Inc., 2018 WL 6732990 (M.D.N.C. Nov. 30, 2018), adopted by, No. 1:17CV999 (M.D.N.C. Jan. 28, 2019).

On January 28th, 2019, United States District Judge Catherine C. Eagles of the Middle District of North Carolina adopted a recommendation from a magistrate judge granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss a putative securities class action brought against pharmaceutical company Novan, Inc. and its officers, directors, and underwriters.

The plaintiffs alleged that defendants made false statements and omissions about the Company’s leading drug candidate in connection with an initial public offering of its stock and in the weeks subsequent to the offering.


Continue Reading District Judge Dismisses Securities Class Action Against Novan, Inc. Relating To Disclosure of FDA Recommendations About Clinical Trials

Dougherty v. Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., 905 F.3d 971 (6th Cir. 2018)

A recent Sixth Circuit opinion demonstrates the critical importance of accurately describing interactions with the FDA when making statements on that topic.

In Dougherty v. Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., the Sixth Circuit held that plaintiffs adequately pleaded the scienter element (i.e., fraudulent intent) of their securities fraud claims against Esperion, a clinical stage pharmaceutical corporation, and its CEO, and reversed the district court’s order granting a motion to dismiss.


Continue Reading Unanimous Sixth Circuit Reverses Dismissal, Finding Plaintiffs Plausibly Alleged Defendants Knew Statements Summarizing FDA Meeting Were False