7th Circ. Lets Abbott Combine, Transfer Depakote Cases

Law360, New York (October 16, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday sided with Abbott Laboratories Inc. in ruling that 10 separate lawsuits filed in Illinois state court over alleged birth defects caused by anti-seizure drug Depakote can be consolidated, removed to federal court and tried jointly.

The several hundred plaintiffs in the state cases and Abbott had petitioned the appeals court to resolve two conflicting federal court decisions about whether the plaintiffs' motion to consolidate and transfer the cases to one Illinois Circuit Court through trial constituted a proposal to try the...
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