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Widow awarded millions in product liability case after tragedy

Many Texas residents who struggle with depression take antidepressant medications. Of course, prescription medication can be quite expensive. Sometimes, a patient is able to use a generic form of a particular drug to keep costs down. That is what one man did in another state, although his situation resulted in tragedy and a product liability lawsuit.

A woman suffered the devastating loss of her husband when he committed suicide in 2010 by stepping in front of a train. The horrific incident occurred just after her husband had taken a generic form of Paxil, a drug used to treat depression. The woman later sued Paxil manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline Company. A federal jury ruled in her favor and ordered GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 million in damages. 

The manufacturing company was not happy about the court's decision since it did not make the pill the man took before jumping in front of a moving train. Accordingly, it argued that it should not be held responsible for damages. However, the woman's attorney argued the issue was not who made the pill, but who wrote the information on the warning labels on Paxil and its generic counterpart. That was GlaxoSmithKline.

The manufacturer has requested a new trial. It's not uncommon for product liability verdicts (and other personal injury situations) to be appealed by defendants facing substantial monetary judgments. This is one of many reasons it's crucial to secure experienced and aggressive representation from the start when planning to file this type of claim in a Texas civil court.

Source: Forbes, "Label Or Liability: GSK Faces $3M Verdict Over Product It Didn't Make", Stephanie Grimoldby, June 12, 2017

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