Originally created 03/15/03

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First Bayer, Baycol case goes to trial

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A jury began deliberating Friday in a $560 million lawsuit against Bayer Corp. over a cholesterol drug that was pulled from the market after being linked to dozens of deaths.

The lawsuit - brought by Hollis Haltom, an 82-year-old engineer who said a muscle-wasting disease caused by Baycol severely weakened his legs - is the first of about 8,400 cases against Bayer to go to trial.

Mr. Haltom's lawyers produced e-mails and internal documents to argue that the pharmaceutical giant failed to adequately warn doctors about the possible side effects of the billion-dollar drug.

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