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Big Law Widow Awarded $3M in GlaxoSmithKline Case

The widow of a partner at the Reed Smith law firm won a $3 million verdict Thursday in a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company that she blamed for her husband’s suicide, reports The Chicago Tribune.

“Wendy Dolin’s husband, Stewart, stepped in front of a CTA Blue Line train in the Loop on July 15, 2010. He had been taking paroxetine, a drug for depression and anxiety, and his widow claimed in her lawsuit that GlaxoSmithKline failed to warn her husband’s doctor of the drug’s increased risk of suicidal behavior, leading to his death,” writes reporter Grace Wong.

GlaxoSmithKline’s defense was that Dolin was taking a generic version of Paxil, manufactured by another company. But the judge hearing the case released the maker of the generic, saying it had no control of the drug’s label.

Read the Tribune article.