NJ Court Reinstates Bristol-Myers Wrongful Death Suits

Law360, Los Angeles (September 27, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT) -- Some two-dozen wrongful death suits against Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. were revived Friday after a New Jersey federal judge ruled that a more lenient federal statute of limitations law should be applied to the cases, which allege the pharmaceutical giant didn’t warn its neighbors about contaminated air and soil.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Alpert on Wednesday ruled that federal law preempts a state law limiting claims under New Jersey’s Wrongful Death Act to two years after the death occurs. In Feburary, U.S. District Judge Freda L....
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