African families' damage claims for billions of dollars against Pfizer for allegedly secretly testing a new drug in a Nigerian hospital during a 1996 meningitis outbreak were revived Friday by a divided 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling -- notable partly for its numerous barbed comments -- allows 88 Nigerian families to pursue claims under a law adopted in 1789 that gives foreigners the right to raise tort claims in federal court to vindicate violations of "the laws of nations."
Split 2nd Circuit Revives Nigerian Families' Claims Against Pfizer Over Drug Tests
New York Law Journal
February 2, 2009