Hagens Berman Faces Probe Of Thalidomide Client Dismissal

By Joe Van Acker (March 12, 2015, 2:18 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday ordered an investigation into whether Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP attorneys dropped a client from a class action over birth defects caused by thalidomide without her consent, after the firm was sanctioned for bringing time-barred claims against Sanofi-Aventis SA and other drugmakers.

U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond overruled the firm's objections to order that a special master advise the court whether Rebecca Alexander "knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently" agreed to drop her claims, stating that he had lingering concerns about the conduct of Hagens Berman attorneys he sanctioned Friday for litigating three plaintiffs' invalid claims....

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