A federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over the drug valsartan has denied a request for discovery of litigation funding arrangements involving the plaintiffs.

No binding U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit precedent addresses whether a plaintiff’s litigation funding is a proper subject of discovery, U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider said in a ruling Wednesday. The plaintiff’s argument—that litigation funding is irrelevant to the claims and defenses in the case—won out over the defendants’ “parade of horribles” that could arise from litigation funding agreements, Schneider said.

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