A Backlash Against Baxter?
Baxter International on Mar. 25 pleaded guilty to criminal charges of violating U.S. trade law by honoring the Arab boycott of Israel. It agreed to a $6.5 million fine and said it would not export to Syria and Saudi Arabia for two years. Now, the Deerfield (Ill.) health-products company is facing the ire of Jewish groups, particularly the Premier Hospitals Alliance, which purchases Baxter products for 150 mostly Jewish hospitals. And institutional holders of Baxter may push for the ouster of G. Marshall Abbey, the Baxter lawyer who paid a $100,100 fine for masterminding Baxter's boycott dodge.
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