Novartis Gets Zometa Jaw Injury Suit Thrown Out In Calif.

By Daniel Wilson (August 20, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday dismissed for the second time a suit accusing Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.'s bone drug Zometa of causing jaw injuries, ruling the plaintiff could not use Maryland law to skirt a California statute of limitations on the case.

A Maryland federal court had adequately ruled that California law and its relevant two-year statute of limitations applied, not Maryland's three-year statute of limitations, when it transferred plaintiff Michel Hendrix's case to California, meaning Hendrix's case must be dismissed as time-barred — the same as his original California suit — U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald ruled.

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