Verdicts & Settlements

Plaintiffs Brace in Wake of Supreme Court Liability Decision

Supreme Court issues liability decisionA Supreme Court decision handed down last month and previously addressed on this blog may have huge implications not only for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, but for product liability laws across most manufacturers’ product lines as well.

If you recall, the Supreme Court overwhelmingly ruled in favor of Bristol-Myers Squibb by 8-1 in June. At question was whether plaintiffs from states other than California could join in a ...

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First Cymbalta Withdrawal Trial Ends in Favor of Drug Manufacturer

plaintiff loses cymbalta withdrawal caseWe recently told you about the hundreds of Cymbalta withdrawal trials waiting to be heard in courts around the country. The first of these cases has now been heard in California and the jury sided in favor of Cymbalta’s manufacturer, Eli Lilly.

The manufacturer claimed that one percent or more of Cymbalta patients would experience side effects related to the withdrawal of the medication from their treatment regimen. Those side ...

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$15 Million Awarded in Depakote Birth Defect Lawsuit

depakote birth defect lawsuit results in 15 million dollar verdictA St. Louis jury has awarded a Minnesota girl $15 million for numerous birth defects found to have been caused by the antiepileptic drug Depakote, which her mother took while pregnant. According to the St. Louis Dispatch, although Abbott Laboratories is named in the lawsuit as the manufacturer of Depakote, AbbVie, Inc., a spinoff company, will be held financially responsible. This will present more legal ...

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L.A. County to Pay $1.5 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

LA county malpractice lawsuit results in 1.5 million dollar settlementThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a medical malpractice lawsuit, the Los Angeles Times reports. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 after the plaintiff was injured during gallbladder surgery at County-USC Medical Center.

According to the lawsuit, during an operation the surgeon accidentally cut two iliac veins, resulting in the need for a more extensive procedure. The ...

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RI Couple Awarded $25 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

rhode island malpractice lawsuit results in 25 million dollar settlementA jury has awarded $25 million to a Rhode Island couple in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Rhode Island Hospital. Rhode Island Public Radio notes that the verdict is one of the largest ever awarded for negligence in the state.

In 2009, a Rhode Island man was admitted to Rhode Island Hospital after hitting his head. He was later discharged with severe and permanent injuries. ...

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J&J to Pay $7.8 Million in Arkansas Risperdal Lawsuit

risperdal lawsuit results in 7.8 millio dollar settlementPharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle a seven-and-a-half-year-old Risperdal lawsuit, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The state of Arkansas filed the lawsuit in 2007, alleging that Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, unlawfully marketed its antipsychotic drug Risperdal to Arkansas doctors.

The lawsuit claimed that Johnson & Johnson put patients at risk by not fully disclosing the potential health effects ...

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