January 22, 2018 / 10:03 PM / a year ago

Federal judge pauses more than 250 Depakote cases pending settlement talks

A federal judge has stayed 255 cases alleging birth defects related to AbbVie Inc’s anti-seizure drug Depakote after the company and plaintiff families said they would engage in settlement discussions.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Reagan in East St. Louis, Illinois, on Friday granted a motion by the parties asking the court to stay all actions pending in the cases, transferring them to Judge David Herndon of the same district court for settlement administration.

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