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Glaxo Takes $2.36 Billion Charge On Legal Costs

LONDON - (AP) Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline said Thursday it expects to take a $2.36 billion charge against second-quarter earnings for the costs of settling court cases over the antidepressant Paxil and diabetes drug Avandia. The company said the charge includes settlements, agreements to settle...

Zoloft® & SSRIs: The Plaintiffs’ Perspective - An HB Law & Science Conference Report

Two major classes of drugs recently have been the subject of mass tort litigation for their alleged tendency to cause birth defects. The first group includes Topamax® and Topiramate, used to treat migraines, and the second comprises Zoloft® and the other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor...

Effort On To Limit 'Public Interest' Proposition 65 Settlement Releases In California

California's Proposition 65 ( Sections 25249.5 et seq Health & Safety Code ) is an unusual regulatory scheme. Lawsuits may be filed by private individuals. Plaintiffs are not required to have standing. The law only addresses a warning requirement; it does not itself prevent or constrain the presence...

Zoloft Birth Defects MDL Created, Assigned To Eastern District Of Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) More than 92 federal lawsuits alleging birth defects caused by the antidepressant Zoloft and its generic version sertraline were centralized April 17 before Judge Cynthia M. Rufe in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by the Judicial Panel...

7th Circuit Says Motion To Consolidate Depakote Suits Triggers CAFA Jurisdiction

CHICAGO - Resolving a split between two district courts, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 16 ruled that plaintiffs' motions to consolidate 10 Illinois state court cases involving Abbott Laboratories' anti-seizure drug Depakote were sufficient to create a mass action that makes...

William A. Ruskin: Frye Decision In BMW Case Results In Exclusion Of Plaintiff's Experts

By William A. Ruskin In a thoughtful decision handed down in Reeps v. BMW of North America, LLC , 2012 N.Y. Slip Op.33030(u) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], on December 16, 2012 in New York County Supreme Court, the Hon. Louis B. York excluded the expert testimony of plaintiff's...