This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
See Cramer's multi-million dollar portfolio for FREE and get his new book Get Rich Carefully! Learn More

Perdue Kidd & Vickery Wins First Humira Trial - Abbott Laboratories To Pay $2.24 Million

CHICAGO, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, a Cook County jury entered a verdict finding Abbott Laboratories negligent and ordering it to pay $2,244,063.20 to Plaintiff Milton Tietz on behalf of his wife, Delores Tietz. The court entered judgment in that sum, plus costs, in favor of the Plaintiff.  This is the first Humira lawsuit filed against Abbott to go to trial.

"Humira has dangerous side effects and Abbott was negligent regarding them.  Justice has been done," said Tietz attorney Andy Vickery of Perdue Kidd & Vickery.

"We are honored that a jury of twelve people looked at the evidence and agreed that Abbott failed to do what the law requires," said Tietz attorney Jim M. Perdue, Jr.   

Delores Tietz was prescribed Humira, a TNF Blocker, for rheumatoid arthritis in October 2009 and took the drug for close to seven months, before almost dying. In early May 2010, Delores began experiencing chest pain and fevers.  Her illness went undiagnosed for weeks, and her family was told it was probable that she would not survive.  Finally, doctors diagnosed her with Humira-induced disseminated histoplasmosis, a severe, life-threatening infection. 

The FDA issued an alert in September 2008 to all manufacturers of TNF blockers, including Abbott Laboratories, to provide new information to the medical community about the risks of unrecognized, drug-induced histoplasmosis.  Abbott failed to send a letter directly to physicians warning of the danger until May 17, 2010, 20 months after the initial FDA alert and 10 days after Mrs. Tietz was hospitalized.  The jury found that Abbott was negligent for not taking reasonable measures to make sure Delores' doctors had a high index of suspicion for histoplasmosis. 

Milton Tietz is represented by Jim M. Perdue Jr., Arnold Anderson Vickery and Fred Shepherd of Perdue Kidd & Vickery, and Gary D. McCallister of Gary D. McCallister & Associates LLC.

Perdue Kidd & Vickery is a national law firm of Personal Injury and Drug Injury Trial Lawyers.  The firm represents individuals and businesses across the country who have been harmed personally and financially.  Perdue Kidd & Vickery is based in Houston, Texas. For more information about Perdue Kidd & Vickery, visit www.perduekiddvickery.com or call 713-520-2500.    

SOURCE Perdue Kidd & Vickery

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
DOW 16,400.71 -24.14 -0.15%
S&P 500 1,863.47 +1.16 0.06%
NASDAQ 4,091.52 +5.2950 0.13%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto
Advertising Partners

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs