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Several drug makers win in product liability litigation

Trend may be good news for corporate defendants

According to an analysis reported by Reuters, a series of wins for pharmaceutical companies defending themselves in product liability litigation may be good news for corporate defendants in general.

In the past few years, AstraZeneca, Merck & Co, and Pfizer Inc. have all found themselves on the winning end of bellwether cases, which are sample trials consolidated before a state or federal court in which hundreds, sometimes thousands, of plaintiffs have similar complaints. When a defendant wins a bellwether case, oftentimes plaintiffs drop their claims or settle out of court.


Cathleen Flahardy

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