Judge Bars Causality Assessments In Accutane MDL

Law360, New York (August 15, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The judge in the consolidated Accutane product liability action dealt a major blow to the plaintiffs Wednesday when he blocked their move to hear experts' assessments of whether use of the acne drug caused suicide.

“The danger of the causality assessments is that the wording used in them is subject to being mischaracterized as an admission of causation when they are not,” said James Moody Jr. of Florida's middle district. “In that way, they are highly prejudicial and excludable.”

His order closely mirrored the argument put...
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