Jury Finds Against Baxter In Chinese Heparin Suit

Law360, New York (June 9, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT) -- A jury in Illinois state court on Thursday awarded $625,000 to the estate of a man treated with a Baxter Healthcare Corp. blood thinner tainted with contaminated heparin from China.

The case is the first of hundreds of state and federal lawsuits involving Chinese heparin to reach trial.

Jurors found against Baxter and its supplier, Scientific Protein Laboratories LLC, compensating the estate of Steven Johansen, who died after receiving doses of contaminated heparin during dialysis in 2007, according to attorneys for the plaintiffs.

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