Texas Jury Awards $56.6 Million to Fen-Phen User
This news update information page is intended to provide a summary of the recent legal and medical developments in the Fen-Phen diet drug lawsuits against American Home Products Corporation and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories and A. H. Robins.
A Texas Jury awarded $56.6 Million Dollars to a fen phen user on April 5, 2001. This verdict against pharmaceutical manufacturer American Home Products Corporation is the largest lawsuit verdict for a single fen phen user to date. The Texas state court jury in Alice Texas awarded Gloria Lopez $11.6 million dollars in compensatory damages and $45 million dollars in punitive damages. Ms Lopez developed a leaky aortic heart valve after taking fen phen.
American Home Products, the company that manufacturered pondimin and redux, plans to appeal the verdict.
In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission American Home Products reported that it had settled 80% of the cases that opted out of the class action settlement. The Company says that leaves about 10,000 opt out cases that have not settled.
It is unknown how many other fen phen users will exercise an intermediate opt-out right under the class settlement to bring future lawsuits.
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