Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Eli Lilly Lawyer Accidentally Leaks Settlement Talks on Zyprexa

Lilly Lawyer Accidentally Leaks Settlement Talks

http://www.pharmalot.com/2008/02/lilly-lawyer-accidentally-leaks-settlem
ent/

Pharmalot.com
February 5th, 2008 <http://www.pharmalot.com/2008/02/05/>
By Ed Silverman

Talk about comical. The news last week that the drugmaker is negotiating
with federal and state prosecutors over improper marketing of Zyprexa
was the result of an accident, according to Portfolio
<http://www.portfolio.com/news-markets/top-5/2008/02/05/Eli-Lilly-E-Mail
-to-New-York-Times> . But it was a big accident.

As it turns out, a lawyer at Pepper Hamilton, one of two high-priced law
firms negotiating the deal with the government, mistakenly sent an
e-mail containing a comprehensive and confidential document to a
reporter at The New York Times. How could that have happened? The
reporter, Alex Berenson, has the same last name as another lawyer who
was supposed to have received the e-mail, Bradford Berenson
<http://www.sidley.com/ourpeople/Detail.aspx?attorney=971> , who works
at Sidley Austin.

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