Denver, Colorado – Burg Simpson is proud to announce that shareholder Janet G. Abaray has been appointed by U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel as Co-Lead Counsel for In re: Depakote pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The Depakote Lead Counsel will work towards resolving the pending 129 cases, involving approximately 698 plaintiffs, on the court’s docket.
Depakote is an anticonvulsant medication approved to treat patients with epilepsy who have certain types of seizures. It is also approved for migraine prophylaxis and treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder. The pending cases before Judge Rosenstengel allege the manufacturer of Depakote, Abbott Laboratories, Inc., failed to properly warn patients and doctors of the increased risk of major birth defects associated with Depakote use during pregnancy. Research has found higher than expected rates of babies born with major malformations, reduced IQ, and behavioral disorders such as autism when the drug is used during pregnancy.
Janet G. Abaray is the managing shareholder of Burg Simpson’s Cincinnati office and practices in the area of complex civil litigation. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati McMicken College of Arts and Science in 1979, with high departmental honors in English literature. She graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1982, where she also served as Business Manager of the Law Review. A member of the Ohio Bar since 1982, Ms. Abaray has focused her practice on complex civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on pharmaceutical mass tort. She has served as national lead or liaison counsel in numerous multidistrict litigations involving medical products, has been appointed lead counsel in class actions involving contract disputes, and has acted as trial counsel in major class action and pharmaceutical litigations. Ms. Abaray has argued before the Ohio Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of tort reform, and has litigated significant issues concerning employment law, federal preemption, admissibility of expert testimony, arbitration clauses and class action certification.
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