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Doc Destruction Likely Fired Up Jury Behind $6B Actos Verdict

Law360, New York (April 8, 2014, 10:23 PM EDT) -- Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.'s destruction of evidence was likely a driving force behind a jury's decision to impose an astounding $6 billion punitive damages award in the first bellwether trial over the diabetes drug Actos, and attorneys say the drugmaker can expect more devastating judgments unless it can block its alleged misdeeds from surfacing in future trials.

A Louisiana federal jury on Monday ordered a $9 billion punitive damages award — among the largest in U.S. history — including a $3 billion award against Eli Lilly & Co., with which Takeda jointly marketed Actos.

The mammoth verdict followed a weeks-long trial in...

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