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Abbott in Settlement Talks on Depakote Marketing, U.S. Says

Abbott Laboratories and the U.S. are “engaged in active settlement discussions” of the government’s lawsuit alleging the company improperly marketed its drug Depakote, Justice Department lawyers said in court papers.

The U.S. asked the judge overseeing the suit to halt proceedings until July 8, postponing a May 31 scheduled filing of an amended complaint by the government and allowing settlement discussions to continue. The U.S. also asked the court to consolidate four related false-claims cases.