A federal Appeals Court has ordered a return to state court of more than 100 lawsuits against the makers of hormone replacement therapy drugs that allegedly caused breast cancer. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court ruling in the Eastern District of Arkansas that dismissed many of the cases and blocked most of the lawsuits from being sent back to state court in Minnesota.
As we have reported previously, the hormone replacement therapy was prescribed to treat symptoms of menopause. A study in 2002 showed that a group of women taking the drugs had more instances of breast cancer than women not taking the hormones. The Appeals Court found that the district court didn’t have jurisdiction and the lower court rulings were reversed.
Source: Associated Press
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