Orlando, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2013 — On Friday, September 20, 2013 in Orlando Florida, Nancy Guenther was awarded a verdict of 1.3 million dollars in her suit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation for causing her jaw to die and be removed and replaced with a metal chain all because of its failure to warn of the dangers of its drug Zometa.
Counsel John Beins, Esq. of Beins, Goldberg and Hennessey, and Ranchor Harris, Esq. of Girardi Keese, assisted by John J. Vecchione, Esq. tried the case to verdict against Don Fowler, Esq. and Martin Calhoun, Esq. of Hollingsworth, LLP. Mr. Vecchione stated “This is the second case in Florida this year Novartis lost, and the third across the country. It has lost the majority of cases tried to verdict and all of the cases tried to verdict in this state. Mrs. Guenther lost her lower jaw to Zometa and the jury obviously believed it was because Novartis fell below the standard of care it owed to the users of its products. Novartis has lost all appeals of verdicts against it so far.”
United States District Court Judge Gregory A. Presnell presided over the two week trial, with the jury deliberating for a day.
Upon objection by Novartis of the original unanimous verdict as inconsistent regarding failure to warn and strict liability, the jury reconvened and returned a unanimous verdict against Novartis on all counts for 1.3 million dollars.
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