Monday, May 03, 2004

$1 billion dollar verdict in Fen-Phen Suit

A Texas jury returned a verdict of $1 billion dollars in a wrongful death suit against the makers of the weight loss drug Fen-Phen. The award will likely be reduced because Texas, unlike New York State, where I maintain my law practice, has a statutory cap on punitive damages.

For a positive view of Fen-Phen, read It Must Have Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything by Vogue food writer Jeffrey Steingarten.