Texas District Court Rejects Innovator Claims Against Novartis

May 7, 2020

A Texas district court judge concluded that plaintiff failed to state a claim under Texas law for innovator liability-styled claims against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

On May 7, 2020, Chief Judge Orlando L. Garcia of the District Court for the Western District of Texas (San Antonio Division) issued an order on Novartis’s Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss all counts of the complaint, including strict liability, negligent manufacturing, negligent failure to warn/fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of express and/or implied warranty, and loss of consortium, concluding that, “Texas law rejects [the innovator liability] theory of liability.”

Judge Garcia’s decision is in accord with the great weight of authority nationwide on the question of innovator liability.  See, e.g., Trower v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2019 WL 1571834 (D. Del. April 11, 2019); McNair v. Johnson & Johnson, 241 W. Va. 26, 8181 S.E.2d 852 (2018); Guarino v. Wyeth, LLC, 719 F.3d 1245 (11th Cir. 2013).

Johnson v. Novartis Pharm. Corp., et al., No. 5:19-cv-01087-OLG (May 7, 2020).