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October 2002 Archives

Contaminated Chemotherapy Medicines

Cancer Drug Dilution KANSAS CITY, MO -- October 25, 2002 -- A jury awarded $2 billion in punitive damages to Georgia Hayes, a cancer victim who received diluted chemotherapy drugs from her pharmacist (Kansas City Star, October 11, 2002). She was also awarded over $225 million in actual or compensatory...

Medical Malpractice Bill Undermines Rights of the Injured

Study Reveal Bill's True Effects WASHINGTON, DC -- October 18, 2002 -- The House recently passed H.R. 4600, an ill-conceived bill that would undermine the rights of the sick and injured by placing severe restrictions on medical malpractice, product liability and insurance claims (see Bill Limiting Medical Malpractice Lawsuits for...

KY Federal Court Order to Stop Steel Pollution

Pollution Violated Clean Air Act COVINGTON, KY -- October 11, 2002 -- A Kentucky federal district court judge ordered Gallatin Steel Company and Harsco Corporation to halt pollution from their steel mill and slag dumping and processing plant in the state (Ellis v. Gallatin Steel Co., CV 99-242; Brashear v....

Former Smoker Had Lung Cancer

$28 Billion Award in Tobacco Case LOS ANGELES, CA -- October 11, 2002 -- A jury recently awarded $28 billion in punitive damages to 64-year-old Betty Bullock, a former smoker with lung cancer (Betty Bullock v. Philip Morris Incorporated et. al). As a teenager, Ms. Bullock began smoking Marlboro and...