Reed Smith Atty’s Widow Gives Generic-Drug Plaintiffs Hope

Law360, New York (March 11, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT) -- A recent ruling that GlaxoSmithKline PLC faces liability for the suicide of a Reed Smith LLP partner who took a generic version of its antidepressant Paxil sets forth a powerful strategy for plaintiffs to use negligence claims to go after brand-name drugmakers, who have long evaded liability for their generic counterparts.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel ruled that the drug giant could face negligence claims over the warning label on the generic version of Paxil, which allegedly failed to highlight the drug’s increased suicide risks in...
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