Hagens Berman In Hot Seat Over Dropped GSK Suits

Law360, Philadelphia (May 22, 2015, 7:37 PM EDT) -- Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is fighting tooth and nail to stop a special master from questioning 31 of its clients on their decision to drop birth defect suits in Pennsylvania federal court against GlaxoSmithKline, saying the move would violate attorney-client privilege. But there is precedent for inquiries into plaintiffs firms' conduct, especially in the context of tort litigation gone awry.

The Seattle-based firm, which was sanctioned in March for bringing time-barred suits against Sanofi-Aventis SA and Grunenthal GmbH over birth defects caused by morning sickness drug thalidomide in the 1950s and 1960s, has said that the interviews would violate privilege...

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