Vermont musician Diana Levine won a $6.8 million judgment against drug maker Wyeth after having part of her right arm amputated in 2000 when an antinausea drug was improperly injected. But Wyeth has appealed to the Supreme Court, setting up a potential landmark ruling that could make it easier for companies to defend themselves against product-liability lawsuits. If the court issues a broad ruling in favor of Wyeth, other industries likely will follow suit, said Thomas McGarity, a University of Texas law professor. “The chances are high that the Supreme Court in Wyeth . . . will come out in favor of the company,” McGarity said.
The Boston Globe
High Court May Curtail Liability Lawsuits