Roche Thwarts Plaintiffs' Experts In NJ Accutane Litigation

By Sindhu Sundar (February 23, 2015, 9:08 PM EST) -- Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. succeeded Monday in convincing a New Jersey judge to reject the testimony of plaintiffs' experts who had linked its acne medication Accutane to Crohn's disease, a ruling that could spell the end of thousands of such suits in the consolidated state litigation.

After hearing about two weeks of arguments, Judge Nelson Johnson issued a 34-page opinion rejecting the testimony of the plaintiffs' gastroenterology expert Arthur Kornbluth and biostatistics expert David Madigan, ruling in a biting opinion that they were "cherry picking evidence" and failed to show that they based their views on reliable data.

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