A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed class action claims against drug maker Pfizer Inc. by Nigerian families who claim the company put their children in dangerous drug trials without consent. Citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that limited the types of claims that could be brought under the Alien Tort Statute, the judge said the Nigerians' claims were not covered by the law, which has become a favorite instrument of plaintiffs claiming human rights violations by U.S. companies operating abroad.
Class Action Against Pfizer Is Dismissed
New York Law Journal
August 24, 2005