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Seeger Weiss Gets $18 Million Verdict For Two Former Accutane Users

July 3rd, 2012

On Friday, June 29, 2012, counsel for the plaintiff in yet another Hoffman La-Roche Accutane trial, led by Seeger Weiss partner David Buchanan and Troy Rafferty of Levin Papantonio, PA were able to secure an $18 million verdict. The plaintiffs in the drug injury lawsuit were Katie Rossitto and Riley Wilkinson, two former Accutane users who took the prescription acne medication in the 1990s and developed ulcerative colitis as a result. Ulcerative colitis, a debilitating, permanent gastrointestinal disease, is among the reported side effects of Accutane use. The New Jersey jury ultimately sided with Mr. Buchanan and the plaintiffs, finding that Hoffman La-Roche, the defendants and makers of Accutane, withheld its knowledge and conclusions about the risk of ulcerative colitis from doctors and patients. In response to the verdict, Mr. Buchanan, of Seeger Weiss LLP stated: “We’re extremely pleased for Katie and Riley. They’ve suffered greatly at the hands of Roche’s drug, and the jury’s verdict provides a measure of justice for each of them.” Learn more about the verdict here.


SW Defeats Accutane Makers in Appeal of $10.5M Verdict

February 29th, 2012

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled in favor of Seeger Weiss client Kamie Kendall in the appeal of a 2008 case against Accutane manufacturer, Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. At the conclusion of the original case, Seeger Weiss attorneys secured a $10.5 million award for Ms. Kendall, who developed uclerative colitis as a result of taking the acne medication. However, the defendants recently appealed the verdict, arguing that since Ms. Kendall was diagnosed in 1999 and did not file a lawsuit until 2005, the case violated New Jersey’s two year statute of limitations.

Seeger Weiss Partners David Buchanan and Christopher Seeger

Leading the charge on his client’s behalf, Seeger Weiss partner David R. Buchanan artfully demonstrated that, because of the Swiss pharmaceutical company’s inadequate warnings, Ms. Kendall had no reason to believe that its product had caused her debilitating gastrointestinal problems prior to 2003. Justice Virginia Long, writing on behalf of the majority, agreed and noted, “…we are satisfied, as were the trial judge and the Appellate Division, that Kendall reasonably did not appreciate by December 21, 2003, that Accutane had caused or exacerbated her condition and that, therefore, her filing on December 21, 2005, was timely.” Read the full decision here.

Drug injury cases of this magnitude often lead to an extensive appeals process, which is why it is essential that victims have experienced, dedicated representation. Seeger Weiss LLP has been handling Accutane litigation since 2005, securing awards for its clients as high as $25.16 million. Let our lawyers review your case for free and help you get the results you deserve.