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Mo. Appeals Panel Hears KC Diluted Drugs Case

Posted: Jul 17, 2013 6:30 PM by The Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri appeals panel has heard arguments about settlements reached between victims of a Kansas City pharmacist who diluted drugs and two drug companies.

Pharmacist Robert Courtney pleaded guilty in 2002 to diluting drugs and is serving a 30-year prison sentence. Drug makers Eli Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb denied allegations against them but settled more than $70 million in claims a decade ago.

Some victims' families want to reopen their cases against the drug companies. But a Jackson County circuit judge denied that request, prompting the appeals hearing Wednesday.

Lawyers for victims' families told the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals the settlements were improper and should be reopened.

The Kansas City Star reports a lawyer for the pharmaceutical companies said the settlements were fair and should be honored.

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