Defense Verdict for Pharmacia Corp., et al
Apr 15, 2009 Birmingham, Ala
After a trial lasting more than two weeks, a Jefferson County jury returned a verdict in favor of Pharmacia Corporation against five individual plaintiffs who claimed that exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs caused them to develop diabetes or arthritis. The five plaintiffs were randomly selected from among approximately 3,000 plaintiffs with claims currently pending in 47 separate cases filed in Birmingham. The plaintiffs asked for several million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages, alleging that they were exposed to PCBs released from a manufacturing facility in Anniston, Alabama. Between 1935 and 1971, the facility manufactured PCBs. The facility was owned by the Monsanto Company until 1997 when Monsanto Company transferred the facility to Solutia Inc. Monsanto Company, Pharmacia Corporation and Upjohn subsequently merged to form Pharmacia. Pharmacia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pfizer. Buddy Cox and Kevin Clark were members of the trial team that included lawyers from other firms in Birmingham and St. Louis.