Glaxo Facing Mediation Push to Resolve Avandia Lawsuits
November 11, 2011
GlaxoSmithKline Plc, which has agreed to pay $3 billion to resolve claims it illegally marketed its Avandia diabetes drug, is facing a judge’s push to resolve most of the remaining patient lawsuits through court-ordered mediation.
U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe said Thursday she appointed a mediator to “preside over settlement negotiations” for an unspecified number of Avandia cases consolidated before her in Philadelphia. Rufe set a 75-day deadline to resolve 85 percent of the remaining cases, according to court filings.