Boehringer May Face More Sanctions In Pradaxa MDL

By Greg Ryan (December 19, 2013, 6:15 PM EST) -- A week after hitting Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH with a nearly $1 million penalty for discovery abuses, an Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday that the drugmaker may be slapped with even more sanctions in multidistrict litigation over its blood thinner Pradaxa.

BII, the German parent of fellow defendant Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., informed U.S. District Judge David Herndon on Monday that it has access to the so-called user share for a former employee, Thorstein Lehr, even though it had previously said the file was unavailable. In addition, it did not keep Lehr's smartphone and computers.

In an order, Judge Herndon found...

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