J&J’s Bundled Discounts Victory
As reported here, Johnson & Johnson scored a major victory last week in a case challenging some of its discounting practices. The jury concluded that J&J had not engaged in monopolization of the market for “trocars,” which are sharp cylindrical devices used in endoscopic surgery. Plaintiff Applied Medical Resources Corp., which sells trocars that compete with J&J’s, had complained that J&J’s discounting practices excluded it from the trocars market. Specifically, Applied complained about J&J’s “bundled discounts,” which provided a discount on J&J’s sutures (surgical stitches) to those hospital purchasers that also bought a certain percentage of their trocars from J&J.