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Oil Spill Legal Mess Likely One Of Costliest Ever

MIAMI - (AP) BP PLC and the other companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are faced with fast-multiplying lawsuits that will provoke one of the most drawn-out and costliest legal battles in U.S. history, one that could easily consume the $20 billion set aside by BP to pay. . . . Full version...

Abbott Withdraws Diet Pill Meridia In United States, Canada

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (AP) Abbott Laboratories said Friday it will withdraw its diet pill Meridia in the U.S. and Canada, after coming under pressure from health regulators who say the drug increases the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with a history of heart disease. Companies have struggled...

Burg Simpson Leads National Litigation Against DePuy Orthopaedics

DENVER - Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine P.C., one of the nation's leading plaintiff litigation law firms, has announced that shareholder Seth. A. Katz has been appointed by Judge David A. Katz to serve as a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the multidistrict litigation...

$42 Million Judgment Against Fen-Phen Lawyers Vacated

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A $42 million summary judgment in favor of 431 fen-phen plaintiffs against a group attorneys, two of whom are serving lengthy prison sentences stemming from allegations that they pocketed twice what their fee agreements called for, has been vacated by the Kentucky Court of Appeals,...

Watchdog Group Makes 2nd Push To Ban Diet Pill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) For the second time in five years, public health advocates are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban a fat-blocking drug sold over-the counter and via prescription, pointing to new reports of kidney stones and pancreatic damage. Public Citizen filed a petition with...

Pa. Supreme Court Says Drug Companies Can Be Sued For Marketing Dangerous Drugs

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) Pennsylvania law allows drug companies to be sued if they fail to stop marketing drugs known to be unreasonably harmful, and the manufacturers are not immune from being sued for damages for lack of due care, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Jan. 22 in an eight...