Punitive Damages Nixed In Accutane Suicide Case

Law360, New York (September 26, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has granted a bid by Hoffman-La Roche Inc. for partial summary judgment on punitive damages in a case brought by a mother who claims the company’s acne drug Accutane caused her son's suicide.

In an order handed down Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Judge James S. Moody, Jr. granted a request by defendants Hoffman-La Roche Inc. and Roche Laboratories Inc. for partial summary judgment on punitive damages because such damages are not available in a wrongful...
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