Jury Awards $16 Million in Mistaken Cancer Case

From Times Wire Reports

A Seattle jury awarded $16.2 million to a woman who underwent chemotherapy, a hysterectomy and partial lung removal after being diagnosed with cancer she never had, her lawyer said.

The jury called for $8.1 million each from drug and health care products maker Abbott Laboratories Inc. and the University of Washington Medical Center.

Illinois-based Abbott said it would appeal, saying doctors misused its test kits, which falsely indicated a rare, lethal form of cancer.

In a statement, the University of Washington said it acted properly to treat what it thought was a life-threatening illness and blamed Abbott for failing to warn that its kits could give false positive readings.

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