Novartis Ruling Helps NJ Drug Cos. Fend Off Punitive Damages

Law360, New York (September 6, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT) -- A Maryland federal judge ruled Wednesday that a woman cannot pursue punitive damages under New Jersey law for an injury allegedly caused by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. bone drugs because they are preempted by federal law, a decision that makes it more difficult for plaintiffs in product liability actions to seek such damages from New Jersey-based drugmakers, experts say.

U.S. District Judge Roger Titus granted the drugmaker's motion to preclude punitive damages in a suit brought by plaintiff Stacy Zimmerman on behalf of her late mother Phyllis...
To view the full article, register now.