Eastern District Judge Jack B. Weinstein had every right to block a lawyer who was not involved in the Zyprexa product-liability litigation before him from disseminating documents that were subject to a protective order, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the attorney, James B. Gottstein, aided and abetted a violation of the judge’s protective order by issuing “sham subpoenas” through an unrelated case in Alaska to a Zyprexa plaintiffs expert who had signed the protective order in the case in Brooklyn.

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