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Lawsuits against makers of PPA-containing cough/cold remedies, diet aids "involve common questions of fact" relating to ingredient's safety, Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation says Aug. 28 in consolidating litigation. Panel transferred eight federal lawsuits filed in Louisiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Texas to a Seattle federal court, where Judge Barbara Rothstein will oversee coordinated pretrial proceedings. Most pending, future federal suits also will be transferred to Seattle. Defendants AHP, Bayer, BMS, Novartis, Schering and GlaxoSmithKline opposed centralization. Rothstein presides over six proposed consumer class actions relating to PPA (1"The Tan Sheet" March 5, p. 3)

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