- - Tuesday, October 11, 2011


3rd jury: Firms liable in hepatitis case

LAS VEGAS — A third Nevada jury has found pharmaceutical companies liable and awarded $14 million to a couple in a lawsuit stemming from a Las Vegas hepatitis C outbreak.

The Clark County District Court jury awarded compensatory damages Monday to Michael Washington and his wife, Josephine Washington, in their case against Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp. The jury began considering punitive damages Tuesday.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the verdict was announced at the same time another jury awarded $162.5 million in punitive damages to five plaintiffs in a separate lawsuit against Teva, Baxter and McKesson Corp.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers said the size of vials of the powerful anesthetic propofol led to patient infections during outpatient colonoscopies.

Teva and Baxter also were found liable in a similar case last year.


Fewer flights could cost jobs at American Airlines

DALLAS — Fall and winter service reductions at American Airlines could cost some workers their jobs.

American announced late Monday that it will reduce capacity in the current quarter by about 3 percent. It cited the weak economy, high fuel costs, and more pilots retiring.

Analysts said the move, along with similar recent announcements from United and Delta, showed that airlines were serious about controlling costs. Shares of American parent AMR Corp. led a rally in airline stocks on Tuesday. AMR rose 20 cents, or 7.7 percent, to $2.73 in afternoon trading.

“These capacity adjustments could have a significant impact on operations and, unfortunately, could result in employee reductions companywide,” said spokesman Tim Smith.

Mr. Smith said American was studying whether it could limit the number of furloughs by offering voluntary severance.


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