The Schmallenberg virus that first appeared in U.K. livestock in late 2011 probably was carried by infected midges blown across the English Channel from France and Belgium, according to an Oxford University study.
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmeceuticals unit was ordered by a Philadelphia jury to pay $11 million in a case claiming its anti-seizure drug Topamax caused birth defects, the second such loss in less than a month.
A Manhattan lawyer who’s spent his career battling Chevron Corp. over pollution in Ecuador said he may collect as much $600 million in fees if his court victory in the South American nation is enforced.
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to inform expectant mothers of risks that its epilepsy drug Topamax could cause birth defects, a lawyer for the mother of a Virginia 6-year-old told a jury.
German drugmaker Grunenthal GmbH and companies now part of GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Sanofi hid results of studies that would have revealed birth defects caused by Thalidomide sooner, 13 Americans claimed in a lawsuit.