How They Won It: Steptoe Gets Rare Acquittal For GSK Atty

By Derek Hawkins (June 16, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT) -- When prosecutors indicted former GlaxoSmithKline PLC associate general counsel Lauren Stevens on charges that she obstructed a U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation, defense attorney Bill Hassler of Steptoe & Johnson LLP fought to move the case to trial quickly — and won.

Seven months after the indictment, Hassler and the defense team, along with co-counsel from Ropes & Gray LLP, secured a rare acquittal from a Maryland federal judge, slamming the door on what ultimately proved a weak government case against a high-profile executive.

Stevens faced charges that she misled FDA investigators in a probe of GSK's alleged marketing of...

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