Vt. woman at center of major U.S. Supreme Court case

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A Vermont musician is at the center of a case that is to be decided soon by the U.S. Supreme Court in which drug companies are seeking federal protection from product liability lawsuits in state courts.

Diana Levine of Marshfield was awarded a $6.8 million judgment in the Vermont courts after an improper injection of a Wyeth anti-nausea drug resulted in her having to have her arm amputated.

Wyeth is appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the fact that it is regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration should pre-empt such state lawsuits.


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