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Roche Request For Reduction of Accutane Jury Award Rejected

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Last week, Judge Carol Higbee rejected a request by Roche for a new trial or a reduction of the $25 million jury award for damages in a lawsuit brought by Andrew McCarrell against Roche’s Accutane after he developed inflammatory bowel disease.

McCarrell has undergone five surgeries, including one to remove his colon, and was left with permanent bowel problems that cause constant and chronic pain and anguish. McCarrell filed the original lawsuit in 2003, and went to trial in 2007, which ended with a jury award of $2.6 million.

The verdict was overturned on appeal and a new trial was scheduled so that Roche would be able to introduce new evidence. That trial was held in January 2010, and resulted in a jury award to McCarrell for $159,540.19 for medical expenses and $25 million for damaged caused by Accutane use.

Judge Higbee’s ruling said, “[McCarrell’s] testimony and that of his wife and doctors presented a picture of probably the worst case of pain, suffering and loss of quality of life I ever heard described on my eighteen years on the bench.” She went on to say that though the award was more than she might have returned, there was no “wrongness” in the award. disclaimer: This article: Roche Request For Reduction of Accutane Jury Award Rejected was posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 8:16 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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