ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 12)—Baxter Healthcare Corp. won the first product liability case to be tried from the federal multidistrict litigation on latex allergies. Mary Beth Kennedy, the plaintiff, argued latex allergies prevented her from working or leaving her house, and that Baxter medical gloves contained unreasonably high levels of proteins that caused her severe allergy. The jury decided in favor of Baxter's argument that Kennedy had extensive preexisting allergies and that Baxter reduced the protein levels in its gloves as fast as possible without compromising the latex's barrier qualities. Attorneys on both sides could not be reached for comment.
Baxter wins first case from federal latex MDL
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