Abbott Fights Bid To Depose Ex-Pres In AWP Suit

Law360, New York (October 8, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Continuing its battle against the U.S. government's claims that it inflated prices to scam Medicare and boost sales, Abbott Laboratories Inc. is fighting a bid by prosecutors to depose the company's recently retired president and chief operating officer.

In court documents filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Abbott said that Richard A. Gonzalez is considered an “apex” witness as he was the second-highest ranking corporate officer of the company until his retirement a few days ago.

Abbott said that Gonzalez...
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