Novartis Tells High Court State Punitive Awards Are Illegal

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT) -- Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. is continuing its appeal of a $1.2 million verdict all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming that the family of a deceased woman who was allegedly disfigured by the bone drugs Aredia and Zometa is not eligible to receive punitive damages.

The pharmaceutical giant argued in a petition for writ of certiorari filed Thursday that the Fourth Circuit never should have upheld the verdict. State punitive damage awards illegally encroach on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory authority, according to...
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