Sex Bias Plaintiffs' Bid To Sanction Novartis Nixed

Law360, New York (January 26, 2010, 7:34 PM EST) -- Counsel for the plaintiffs in a sex bias suit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. have lost a bid to hit Novartis with sanctions for allegedly contacting four class members improperly without notifying class counsel.

Judge Colleen McMahon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the bid for sanctions on Tuesday, adding her own plea for parties to “stop wasting ... the court's time with motions like this.”

While the plaintiffs' counsel initially accused Novartis of improperly contacting four class members, defense...
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