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Heygood, Orr & Pearson: Los Angeles Court Orders Watson Pharmaceuticals to Produce Documents, Provide Depositions in Fentanyl Patch Death Lawsuit
Date:3/21/2011

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In the Bristol lawsuit, Watson has consistently objected to the family's requests for the company's executives, representatives and employees to testify under oath about its fentanyl products and to produce documents related to its manufacturing processes and related problems in the production of the Watson pain patch.

"With this court order, we will finally be able to see the key documents and get answers to important questions we've been waiting to ask for more than a year," says Mr. Heygood, lead counsel for the Bristol family. "This company should have to answer for making a product that we believe is the sole reason Ms. Bristol isn't here today."

The ruling signed March 11, 2011, by Judge Richard E. Rico orders Watson to produce company documents and emails requested by Mr. Heygood and other attorneys for the Bristol family by April 11, and for the company to make employees and corporate representatives available for depositions between April 11 and June 11.

"We are hopeful that this ruling finally convinces Watson Pharmaceuticals to take seriously the many deaths around the country related to their fentanyl patches, like the death of Nicole Bristol," says Mr. Heygood.

In 2007, Mr. Heygood and fellow firm attorney Jim Orr helped the family of a Florida man win a $5.5 million verdict in the nation's first federal trial over a defective fentanyl patch. The following year, the two attorneys won a $16.5 million verdict in Chicago, Illinois, for the family of a mother of three who died while using a fentanyl patch.

For more information, contact Bruce Vincent at 800-559-4534 or bruce@androvett.com.


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