PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 4)—Safeskin Corp. and Johnson & Johnson Inc. had inadequate labeling on their latex gloves regarding allergies, but the nurse who sued them wouldn't have heeded them anyway, a Philadelphia jury decided in denying damages to nurse Dorothy Patzek. Patzek claimed the gloves by Safeskin, Johnson & Johnson and other glove makers caused the allergic reactions that forced her to leave her job at Doylestown (Pa.) Hospital. But Patzek also admitted that she probably wouldn't have heeded stronger warnings on the packaging, and also that she didn't read the warnings on the packs of cigarettes she smoked. Only Johnson & Johnson got off without paying Patzek anything, because Safeskin agreed before the trial to a "high-low" settlement in which the company would pay her an undisclosed minimum amount if Safeskin won, and a maximum amount if Patzek won. Two other manufacturers, Aladan Corp. and Baxter Healthcare Corp., and two glove distributors settled out of court.
Jury finds for glove makers in latex allergy trial
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