Pa. Judge Denies GSK's Attempts To Nix Thalidomide Suits
By Kurt Orzeck
Law360, Los Angeles (September 27, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss consolidated suits accusing pharmaceutical companies of hiding information about their distribution of the morning-sickness drug thalidomide, ruling that it is too early in the litigation to determine whether a statute of limitations blocked the claims.
The judge decided GlaxoSmithKline LLC and other companies that distributed the drug in the U.S. should wait until summary judgment or after a factual record is established before arguing the suits should be tossed. The companies contend the claims aren't valid because...