Rx Industry Faces Wave of Personal Injury Suits; Avandia To Test Honed Skills
Executive SummarySome of the biggest names in product liability litigation will be flocking to a conference in Chicago July 13 to focus on one drug: Avandia. Mark Lanier, who won the largest jury verdict against Vioxx, is co-chairing the event. Other headliners include Christopher Seeger, a lead plaintiffs attorney in the federal Vioxx litigation, and Karen Barth Menzies, who has spearheaded dozens of cases against antidepressant products
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