$15M Depakote Verdict A Bargaining Chip For Either Side

By Diana Novak Jones (June 16, 2017, 10:55 AM EDT) -- A downstate Illinois jury's $15 million award to a 10-year-old boy in his suit against Abbott Laboratories over its anti-epilepsy drug Depakote last week could be a bargaining chip for both plaintiffs and the company in the thousands of cases around the country, product liability attorneys told Law360.

Abbott and its spinoff pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc., which has held the rights to Depakote since 2013, are facing thousands of plaintiffs who say the company didn't do enough to warn would-be mothers about the risk of severe birth defects in their children. But after a federal jury in the Southern District of...

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