Quoted from http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-03-22/ge-unit-loses-5-million-verdict-over-dye-damage-to-skin
GE Unit Loses $5 Million Verdict Over Dye Damage to SkinBy Jef Feeley on March 22, 2013
A General Electric Co. (GE) unit must pay $5 million to an Ohio man who developed a skin disorder tied to the company’s Omniscan contrast agent used in medical tests, a jury ruled in the first verdict over the dye.
Jurors in federal court in Cleveland today found GE Healthcare Inc. liable for Paul Decker’s injuries from the Omniscan dye he received during 2005 tests on his heart, Christopher Tisi, one of Decker’s lawyers, said in a telephone interview. The dye caused an ailment that leads to a hardening of the skin and makes it difficult to move limbs, Tisi said.
“We alleged at trial that GE officials were aware Omniscan could cause this debilitating condition and didn’t properly warn patients and doctors,” Tisi said.
Decker’s case was the first over the Omniscan agent to go to trial, the lawyer said. GE, Bayer AG (BAYN) and Tyco International Ltd. (TYC), which all made dyes for medical testing that have been found to cause medical problems, have settled about 90 percent of the cases over the products, Tisi said.
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