John J. Coleman Jr.

Retired Partner
Legal Assistant
Cindy Lawrence
P: 205.521.8275
  • General Experience
    • Jefferson County Pharmaceutical Association v. Abbott Labs, (N.D. Ala. 1978), affirmed, 656 F.2d 92 (5th Cir. 1981), reversed, 460 U.S. 150, reh. denied, 460 U.S. 1105 (1983)
      The firm successfully defended the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama which operates pharmacies in its hospitals against claims by retail pharmacies of alleged Robinson-Patman Act violations. The university pharmacies purchased pharmaceuticals at lower prices than were charged to the plaintiffs, and allegedly resold the pharmaceuticals in competition with the plaintiffs. The district court granted defendants’ motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim and the dismissal was affirmed on appeal. On writ of certiorari, the United States Supreme Court reversed the dismissal, but on remand, the University was ultimately dismissed upon demonstrating that its purchases were within the Nonprofit Institutions Act exemption under Section 13c of the Act, 15 U.S.C. § 13c.