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Abbott Labs Testosterone Suits Consolidated in Chicago

Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie Inc. will face lawsuits combined in one Chicago court over claims they hid the risks of using the testosterone-replacement drug AndroGel.

Abbott and AbbVie, a company Abbott spun off last year, are both based in the Chicago area and “a significant number” of AndroGel suits already are pending before U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly there, a panel of judges said yesterday it its decision to consolidate the cases. Kennelly will oversee pretrial information exchanges as part of the consolidation.