7th Circ. Reverses Boehringer Depo Order In Pradaxa MDL

By Jeff Sistrunk (January 24, 2014, 10:20 PM EST) -- The Seventh Circuit on Friday ruled that a lower court in Illinois overstepped its authority in requiring employees of Germany-based Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH to be deposed in the U.S. in personal injury multidistrict litigation over the blood thinner Pradaxa. 

In a 2-1 ruling, the appellate court said U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon did not have the authority to require BII and U.S. unit Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. to make foreign employees available for depositions in New York City or elsewhere in the U.S. The judge imposed that requirement, as well as a nearly $1 million fine, in a Dec....

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