No New Trial For Parents Suing Abbott Over Birth Defects

Law360, New York (November 22, 2017, 6:49 PM EST) -- An Ohio federal judge on Wednesday refused to grant a new trial to parents of a child born with birth defects who claimed that Abbott Laboratories Inc. didn't warn patients of the risks of its anticonvulsant drug Depakote, finding the jury wasn't given erroneous instructions.

In February, an Ohio federal jury cleared Abbott of allegations it failed to warn patients that Depakote caused birth defects in a trial brought by Kevin and Christin Hutchens, who claimed their son's birth defects were the result of his mother taking the drug while pregnant. The Hutchens had asked for a new trial on the grounds the...

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