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Abbott-LifeScan Deal To Be Kept Secret

Law360 (August 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has ordered that a confidential settlement agreement between Abbott Laboratories and LifeScan Inc. be filed under seal, despite the objections of several defendants in the patent litigation over products for testing glucose levels.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman filed the sparsely-worded order on Wednesday following a hearing, giving no elaboration on his decision to allow the deal to remain secret.

The move comes one month after Roche Diagnostics Corp. asked the court to force Abbott to produce a copy of the 2003 settlement,...
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