High Court Rejects Preemption In Wyeth

Law360, New York (March 4, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Drugmakers failed to get the big win from the U.S. Supreme Court they were hoping for Wednesday in Wyeth v. Levine, when the court said in a 6-3 decision that product liability claims made under state law were not preempted by federal law.

In the much-anticipated decision, the high court rejected the pharmaceutical company's argument that state law claims were preempted by federal law because it was impossible for Wyeth Pharmaceutical Inc. to comply with both.

Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the majority decision. Justices Samuel...
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