Benicar MDL Judge Won't Send Med Mal Suit To State Court

Law360, New York (February 1, 2017, 4:46 PM EST) -- The New Jersey federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over claims that blood pressure drug Benicar can cause gastrointestinal injuries has refused to send back a suit to Texas state court, finding that a doctor accused of medical malpractice and also named in the suit had been fraudulently added.

U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler on Jan. 30 declined to remand Texan Alan Williamson’s suit against Daiichi Sankyo and Dr. Srinivasa Kothapalli back to Texas state court, where it had been originally filed in July. The judge found that Dr. Kothapalli had been joined to the suit on a wholly “unsubstantial and...

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