The Pfizer board has lawyered up
Drs. Albert Bourla D.V.M. and Scott Gottlieb M.D. will both be represented by James P. Rouhandeh, a litigator last seen defending insulin for $500 a pen. Hey, somebody's got to do it!
Albert Bourla, Pfizer’s chief executive and the World’s Favorite Veterinarian (TM), has found a lawyer for Berenson v Biden.
James P. Rouhandeh, the head of litigation at the 1,000-lawyer firm Davis Polk, yesterday notified James Lawrence, my lawyer, that he is representing Bourla.
Rouhandeh is also representing Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the senior Pfizer board member who successfully lobbied Twitter to ban me in August 2021. The fact Rouhandeh is working for both of them suggests Pfizer plans to take full responsibility for Gottlieb’s actions rather than saying he pushed Twitter on his own, but we will see.
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Considered a top white-collar defense lawyer, Rouhandeh has represented Pfizer and Pfizer executives in prior cases.
He’s also worked for Morgan Stanley and has successfully defended the drugmaker Novo Nordisk over its massive insulin price hikes. (Though insulin was discovered in 1921 and has been commercially produced for almost a century, over the last 25 years, Novo Nordisk and other manufacturers have raised its price in the United States so much that some Americans have had to ration it.)
Despite Rouhandeh’s legal wins, last month Novo Nordisk cut insulin prices by 75 percent in the face of increasing anger about the immorality of forcing diabetes patients to ration a century-old drug necessary for their survival.
Still, Rouhandeh represented his client ably, and that’s what matters!
Rouhandeh becomes the second defense lawyer to become involved in the case, following Theodore Boutrous Jr., who wrote a scareee letter to James Lawrence on behalf of Andrew Slavitt last year.
Amazingly, both Rouhandeh and Boutrous are ranked on this list of the top litigators in the United States.
It is SO on.