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$28M Philly Xarelto Verdict Ripe For Reversal, Attys Say

Law360, Philadelphia (December 6, 2017, 6:27 PM EST) -- After three prior bellwether trial losses, plaintiffs in litigation over the anticoagulant Xarelto are hoping to gain momentum following a $27.8 million verdict in Philadelphia on Tuesday, but attorneys say the award faces an uncertain future thanks to testimony that additional warnings would not have changed a doctor's decision to prescribe the drug.

The verdict against a pair of Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG units, which included $26 million in punitive damages, came despite testimony from plaintiff Lynn Hartman's physician that additional warnings about the drug's risks of internal bleeding would not have changed her prescribing decision.

Such testimony, attorneys...

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