BMS Says Use Of Private Attys In Miss. Plavix Case Is Illegal

Law360, New York (November 19, 2013, 1:24 PM EST) -- Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. asked a New Jersey federal judge for summary judgment Monday in a case brought by the Mississippi attorney general alleging BMS bilked the state out of millions of dollars by covering up negative news about the drug Plavix, saying the use of private attorneys is illegal.

The drug giant told the judge that the retention of contingency fee private counsel — who are paid only if Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood obtains an award of civil penalties — to prosecute the case violates...
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