Pfizer, Others Not Liable For Gambling Addiction: 8th Circ.

Law360, New York (July 28, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT) -- The Eighth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court's decision that Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Pharmacia Corp. aren't liable for a man's gambling addiction, in multidistrict litigation over alleged side effects of Parkinson's treatment Mirapex.

The appeals court agreed that because the now-deceased plaintiff, Nabil Nasri Gazal, knew of the possible connection between his use of Mirapex and his gambling problem more than two years before filing suit, his claims fell outside the statute of limitations.

“Based on the undisputed facts before us,...
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