Out-of-State Pharma Filings Dip as Phila. Mass Torts Remain Steady

The number of pharmaceutical cases filed by out-of-state plaintiffs in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has dropped to its lowest level in more than a decade, even as new cases filed in the court’s mass tort programs showed little change in the first half of 2016.

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