Roche Looks To Sink $2M Accutane Verdict On Appeal

Law360, New York (February 10, 2014, 5:40 PM EST) -- Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. on Monday asked the New Jersey Appellate Division to overturn a $2.1 million jury award for a former Accutane user because of an expert's allegedly unreliable testimony and a purported failure to show that a different warning would have changed her doctor's prescribing practices.

A three-judge panel in Newark heard arguments in the consolidated cases of three plaintiffs who blame serious gastrointestinal problems on the prescription acne drug, which is the focus of an ongoing mass tort in Atlantic County. Roche wants to upend the 2011 verdict for Gillian Gaghan, who suffers from Crohn's Disease, but also preserve...

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