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April 10, 2015, Am Law's The Litigation Daily
Covington's Paul Schmidt and Michael Imbroscio were named "Litigators of the Week" by AmLaw for their successful representation of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.:
"Not so long ago, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. faced a grim reality in sprawling litigation over the acne medication Accutane."
"In 2007, New Jersey judge Carol Higbee handed an edge to plaintiffs lawyers at Seeger Weiss, Weitz & Luxenberg and other plaintiffs firms, allowing their causation expert to testify about links between Accutane and forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Soon afterward, the plaintiffs were boasting a string of multi-million dollar verdicts."
"Fast-forward to today, and the picture is drastically different. With a big assist from Covington & Burling's Paul Schmidt and Michael Imbroscio, Roche now has the plaintiffs lawyers scrambling to salvage thousands of pending lawsuits in the Accutane mass tort."