High Court Denies Bid To Review Neurontin RICO Rulings

By Gavin Broady (December 9, 2013, 12:47 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied Pfizer Inc.'s bid to rehear three First Circuit rulings related to its allegedly deceptive marketing of Neurontin, allowing to stand the First Circuit's determination that resulting off-label prescriptions harmed Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and others.

That ruling affirmed a $142 million jury verdict in favor of HMO operator Kaiser, and the high court's denial of certiorari means the company is now facing the possibility of two further trials against Aetna Inc. and Harden Manufacturing Corp. All three suits involve allegations Pfizer fraudulently marketed the anxiety disorder drug as having off-label benefits that ultimately...

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