Accutane Ruling Blocking Expert Testimony Kills 2K Suits

By Sindhu Sundar (May 11, 2015, 6:36 PM EDT) -- Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. and plaintiffs in consolidated New Jersey litigation over claims the company's acne treatment Accutane caused bowel disease agreed Friday that roughly 2,000 cases in the litigation were foiled by a February ruling rejecting testimony by the plaintiffs' experts.

Judge Nelson Johnson signed off on an agreement Friday by the parties that his ruling thwarts those cases, resulting in those suits being dismissed with prejudice. Some 4,500 cases now remain in the litigation. The dismissed cases only include those in which the parties agreed that the plaintiff was clearly suffering from Crohn's disease.

There still remain pending suits in...

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