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High-Stakes Gambler Sues GlaxoSmithKline

Sitting at the poker table, your adrenaline pumps in anticipation of transforming a couple of plastic chips into a retirement fund. Instead, you leave with a buzz and empty pockets. While most people like to let what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas, one Texas man decided to share his experience with the U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas.

After losing more than $12 million in a two-year gambling spree, Max Wells filed suit against several Las Vegas casinos and one additional cash cow--GlaxoSmithKline. Wells claims the drug he was taking to treat his Parkinson's disease, Requip, led to his compulsive gambling. He alleges the drug company had a duty to warn him about the possibility of this strange side effect.

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