A U.S. appeals court on Thursday said it lacked jurisdiction to consider reviving a whistleblower lawsuit accusing Johnson & Johnson of improperly marketing a hepatitis C drug, after the “Jane Doe” plaintiff attempted to substitute in an entity she created in order to protect her anonymity.
A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it could not hear the appeal because “Jane Doe,” a former J&J employee, was not listed on the notice appealing the dismissal of the case. It instead named Alexander Volkhoff LLC, which Doe created when she filed the 2016 lawsuit.
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