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Takeda Jury Says Company Not Liable for Cancer Death

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. wasn’t responsible for the bladder-cancer death of an Illinois man who took its diabetes control drug Actos, an Illinois state court jury found.

The trial was the first for the more than 3,000 such lawsuits filed in Illinois, Tor Hoerman, a lawyer for the deceased man’s family, said in an interview yesterday. The verdict follows a federal trial in Louisiana in which a jury last month ordered Takeda and Eli Lilly & Co. to pay $9 billion in punitive damages after finding the companies hid Actos cancer risks. The companies have vowed an appeal.