GSK Can't Escape Suit Over Reed Smith Atty's Suicide

By Greg Ryan (March 4, 2014, 5:06 PM EST) -- In a groundbreaking ruling Friday, an Illinois federal judge determined that GlaxoSmithKline PLC can be held liable for a Reed Smith LLP corporate and securities partner's suicide even though he took a generic version of the antidepressant Paxil, not the brand-name version made by the company.

The decision contradicts dozens of court rulings nationwide that brand-name drugmakers cannot be held liable for an injury caused by a generic drug. Only a handful of courts, including the Alabama Supreme Court, a California state appeals court and a Vermont federal court, have held otherwise.

The case appears to be the first time a...

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