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March 5, 2021
Drug Company Asks Ala. Judge To Throw Out Verdict
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Attorneys for drug manufacturer AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP have asked a judge to throw out a $215 million jury verdict in a drug price fraud lawsuit or to reduce the amount.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price said at a hearing Monday that he would rule on the AstraZeneca request within 10 days.

AstraZeneca is one of more than 70 pharmaceutical manufacturers that Alabama Attorney General Troy King filed suit against in 2005 over drug prices. The case against AstraZeneca was the first to go to trial.

The trial of the state's lawsuit against Novartis AG's pharmaceutical division and SmithKline Beecham Corp. is scheduled to begin next week before Price.

AstraZeneca attorney Kim Harris argued Monday the verdict was more than is allowed by law and should be reduced to no more than $86 million.

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