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.

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