Novartis Won't Face Punitives In Bone Drug Suit, Judge Says

Law360, New York (July 24, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Monday said Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. will not face punitive damages in a lawsuit over jaw injuries allegedly caused by the bone drugs Aredia and Zometa.

Plaintiffs Ruth Dopson-Troutt and Frank Troutt argued that because U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew already ruled that Pennsylvania law applied in the case, that state’s laws regarding punitive damages should also apply, but the judge instead agreed with Novartis that under the doctrine of “depecage,” New Jersey law applies and therefore punitive damages are precluded....
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