…You know somebody’s getting hammered. You just hope it’s the other side.
In Wilson v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., 2013 WL 593895 (N.D. Tex. Feb. 15, 2013), thankfully it was. The first line was a quote from Marmion: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” We first heard that line in middle school, from a teacher who caught a miscreant classmate lying about failure to turn in a homework assignment.
It’s much worse when uttered by a federal judge.
Wilson was an Aredia/Zometa case – and, yes, it was pitched to us by defense counsel (Hollingsworth). But the opinion is such a stark cautionary tale that we would have blogged about it anyway (assuming we otherwise found out).
Here’s what happened.
The plaintiff died.
That’s of course tragic for all immediately concerned, but it is hardly something to dismiss a case over. Death is a fact of life, and the court system has evolved standard procedures for dealing with the mid-stream death of a party to litigation.