STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

Mo. Federal Judge Remands Multi-Plaintiff Risperdal Action to State Court

ST. LOUIS — A Missouri federal judge has remanded a multi-plaintiff Risperdal action to state court for lack of diversity jurisdiction, ruling that the non-diverse plaintiffs' claims were not fraudulently joined because "common issues of law and fact" connect the claims.

On March 20, Judge Henry Autrey of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri followed decisions in similar cases holding that common issues of law and fact are likely to arise because all of the plaintiffs allege they sustained injuries from the use of the drug.

Plaintiffs filed the instant action in June 2016 in the ...

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