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...

High Court Rejects Drug Maker's Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing a new trial in the case of a woman who got breast cancer after taking hormone replacement therapy and is seeking punitive damages against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. The justices on Monday rejected Wyeth's attempt to block the trial because. ...

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...

High Court Won’t Stop Hormone Replacement Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court won't reconsider a decision to reinstate more than 100 lawsuits filed by women who claimed that hormone replacement therapy caused breast cancer. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

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...

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...

Duane Morris Alert: Big Win For Drug Companies Under The New Jersey Product Liability Act

On September 29, 2011, in Bailey v. Wyeth, et al. , a New Jersey appellate court affirmed summary judgment in favor of two Pfizer subsidiaries and Wyeth, Inc., dismissing claims for violations of New Jersey's Product Liability Act (PLA). The claims arose from breast cancer injuries allegedly sustained...

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....

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...