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Williams Love O’Leary & Powers Files Prempro Lawsuit

PORTLAND, Ore. — Attorney Mike Williams announced March 11 a lawsuit filed by Sharron Selman, Joan Tope and Linda Narz, who want doctors to stop prescribing the hormone replacement drug Prempro and its active ingredients. At the same time, they want doctors to start informing patients about...

Supreme Court Denies Wyeth's Petition For Certiorari Over Punitive Damages Trial

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 21 denied Wyeth's petition for a writ of certiorari seeking reversal of the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling allowing a punitive-damages-only trial for a woman claiming that her use of Prempro contributed to her development...

Pennsylvania Jury Finds Prempro Did Not Cause Women's Breast Cancers

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) A Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court jury on Aug. 18 decided that two women's use of Wyeth's Prempro did not cause them to develop breast cancer and that the maker of the hormone replacement therapy should not be required to pay them damages for their illnesses ( Sharon...

Pennsylvania Court Reverses Summary Judgment In 14 Prempro Cases

PHILADELPHIA (Mealey's) - The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Aug. 30 reversed summary judgment rulings in 14 cases brought by women claiming that their use of Prempro and other hormone replacement therapies caused them to develop breast cancer after finding that a Common Pleas Court judge erred in...

Supreme Court Won't Take Up Egregious Fraudulent Misjoinder In Hormone Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 12 denied review of a circuit court ruling that 112 hormone replacement therapy (HRT) plaintiffs did not fraudulently misjoin nondiverse defendants in order to keep their cases in Minnesota state court and out of federal courts ( Wyeth...

Wyeth Wins 4th Prempro MDL Bellwether Trial

JONESBORO, Ark. - (Mealey's) An Arkansas federal jury on Oct. 19 said a plaintiff did not prove that Wyeth inadequately warned her and her doctor that the hormone replacement therapy drug Prempro could cause breast cancer ( In re: Prempro Products Liability Litigation , MDL Docket No. 1507, No. 03...

Virginia Federal Jury Says Woman Didn't Prove Prempro Warnings Were Inadequate

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (Mealey's) A Virginia federal jury on Dec. 3 found that a woman who claimed to have developed breast cancer from taking Wyeth's Prempro hormone replacement therapy drug did not prove that warnings provided to her doctor were inadequate ( Georgia Torkie-Tork v. Wyeth , No. 04...

Pennsylvania Panel Reinstates Compensatory, Punitive Damages In Prempro Case

PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel on Feb. 7 reinstated a $1.68 million compensatory damage verdict and a sealed punitive damage verdict in a state court Prempro case ( Mary Daniel, et al. v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al. , Nos. 2626 EDA 2007 and 2690 EDA 2007, Pa. Super.; 2011...

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Hear Prempro/Premarin Punitive Damages Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 declined to review a Nevada Supreme Court decision affirming a $35 million punitive damages award in a Prempro/Premarin injury case ( Wyeth LLC, et al., v. Jeraldine Scofield, et al. , No. 10-1177, U.S. Sup.). The questions before...

N.J. Appeals Court: Hormone Replacement Therapy Plaintiffs Didn't Rebut Label Adequacy

TRENTON, N.J. - (Mealey's) A New Jersey appeals court panel on Sept. 29 affirmed summary judgment in two hormone replacement therapy (HRT) cases in which the state's mass tort court found that the plaintiffs failed to present sufficient evidence to rebut the state's presumption that warnings...

Jury In 5th Prempro MDL Bellwether Finds Wyeth Didn't Fail To Warn About Cancer

JONESBORO, Ark. - (Mealey's) The fifth bellwether trial in the Prempro multidistrict litigation ended in a defense verdict on Oct. 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas after a jury found that Wyeth did not inadequately warn about the risk of breast cancer from the hormone...

Pennsylvania Jury Awards $72.6 Million To 3 Women In HRT Breast Cancer Case

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) A Pennsylvania state court jury on Dec. 6 awarded $72.6 million to three women who say they developed breast cancer after taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs made by subsidiaries of Pfizer Inc. ( Susan Elfont, et al. v. Wyeth, et al. , No. 040700924, Pa. Comm...

$4 Million In Compensatory Damages Awarded By Connecticut Jury In Prempro Breast Cancer Trial

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (Mealey's) A Connecticut federal jury on April 18 awarded a plaintiff and her husband $4 million in compensatory damages after finding that the hormone replacement therapy drug Prempro caused the plaintiff's breast cancer ( Margaret B. Fraser, et al. v. Wyeth, Inc., et al....

Connecticut Federal Jury Finds Warning Adequate In Prempro Wrongful Death Suit

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - (Mealey's) Wyeth is not liable for the breast cancer death of a woman who took the company's hormone therapy drugs Premarin and Prempro, a Connecticut federal jury said May 30, finding that the drugs' labeling contained adequate warning of the drugs' health risks ...

Divided 8th Circuit Panel Readmits Plaintiff Expert On Short-Term Prempro Risk

ST. LOUIS - (Mealey's) In a 2-1 ruling July 26, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment in two Prempro bellwether cases that involve the risk of breast cancer in women who took the hormone replacement therapy drug for less than three years ( Pamela Kuhn v. Wyeth, Inc.,...

Utah Federal Jury Awards HRT Breast Cancer Plaintiff $5.1 Million Compensatory Verdict

SALT LAKE CITY - (Mealey's) A Utah federal jury on Sept. 7 awarded a hormone replacement therapy plaintiff $5.1 million in compensatory damages after finding that her breast cancer was caused by Premarin, Provera and Prempro and that manufacturer defendants Wyeth and Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. LLC...

Conn. Federal Judge Awards $1.7 Million In Punitive Damages In Prempro Breast Cancer Case

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — (Mealey’s) Applying Connecticut law governing punitive damages in product liability actions, a Connecticut federal judge on Aug. 5 awarded $1,769,932 to a woman and her husband, who in April 2012 were awarded $4 million in compensatory damages by a jury ( Margaret B. Fraser...

Pa. High Court Reconsiders, Won’t Disturb $8.6M Prempro Punitive Damages Award

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Dec. 16 let stand an $8.6 million punitive damages verdict in a Prempro hormone replacement therapy case after dismissing the appeal as improvidently granted ( Mary Daniel, et al. v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al. , Nos. 63...