A federal judge in Boston, last month, ordered 14 drug companies to negotiate settlements for 53 women whose breast cancer was allegedly caused by an anti-miscarriage drug their mothers took decades ago. The ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler came after closing arguments on motions by the drug companies to exclude testimony from experts for the women who believe there is a link between DES, or diethylstilbestrol, and breast cancer in daughters over 40. Judge Bowler rejected those motions and ordered the drug companies to enter mediation. The women are suing drug companies who made and promoted DES, a synthetic estrogen, from about 1938 to the early 1970s. Aaron Levine and Julie Oliver-Zhang, lawyers with Aaron M. Levine and Associates, are representing the plaintiffs in this case.
Source: Insurance Journal
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