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Roche Holding AG must pay a total of $18 million in damages to two former users of its Accutane acne drug who blamed the medicine for their bowel disease, a New Jersey jury ruled.
Lawyers USA Online, March 2012
The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that the plaintiff in a $10.5 million lawsuit over the acne medication Accutane did not miss the state's two-year statute of limitations when she filed the suit in 2005.
Verdict Search, May 2011
Verdict Search: Verdict of the Month, Oral drug to blame for irritable bowel disease: plaintiff $25,159,530
Verdict Search, April 2010
Lawyers USA, March 2010
Mealey’s Emerging Drugs & Devices, February 18, 2010
Bloomberg, February 2010
Andrew McCarrell, 38, won the verdict today at a retrial in Atlantic City, New Jersey.…
McCarrell attorney Michael Hook represents plaintiffs in hundreds of other Accutane cases. McCarrell gasped and hugged Hook after the jury foreman announced the award.
“Every single one of these cases could be like this,” Hook said outside the courtroom.
USA Today, December 7, 2004:
Michael Hook, a Pensacola, Fla., attorney collaborating with Ryan on multiple Accutane lawsuits filed against Roche, said many of the cases allege the drug caused gastrointestinal illnesses. Accutane's label warns that the drug "has been associated with inflammatory bowel disease ... in patients without a prior history of intestinal disorders."
Hook's clients include Adam Mason, a 28-year-old Florida resident unable to return to work as a welder since surgeons removed most of his colon to treat inflammatory bowel disease. In an interview last week, Mason said he's convinced that Accutane caused his illness. "I'm angry about what I have to go through every day of my life because someone didn't do their research properly," he said.
Mealey’s Emerging Drugs & Devices, December 4, 2008
Bloomberg, November 2008
Roche Holding AG must pay $12.9 million to plaintiffs who blamed the Accutane acne medicine for their inflammatory bowel disease, a New Jersey jury ruled, handing the company its fourth trial loss in the case. …
“The message from the jury was that Accutane causes inflammatory bowel disease and Roche improperly warned physicians,” Stephen Bolton, a plaintiffs' lawyer, said in an interview. “This verdict should send a strong message to Roche to seriously consider the allegations in these lawsuits.”
Florida State Law Alumni magazine, Fall 2008
While evaluating publically available information about Accutane, Hook found evidence of wrongdoing by Roche, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the drug.
“My background in the defense side helped me know what to look for,” said Hook. “That public information raised a lot of red flags and I knew the private information would provide even more. …
“In dealing with corporate giants, nothing is easy,” said Hook. “I have shown up for depositions where the pharmaceutical company has nine lawyers and it’s just me.”
Lawyers USA: First Accutane verdict yields $2.6 million, Hundreds of inflammatory bowel disease cases remain
Lawyers USA, July 2, 2007
The Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2008
There are about 400 Accutane cases, with 347 in New Jersey.
The National Law Journal, April, 2007
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