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US Court Revives Lawsuit Against Pfizer, Others On Iraq Terrorism Funding Claims


A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit against AstraZeneca Plc, Pfizer Inc and other companies over allegations their contracts with Iraq’s health ministry helped fund terrorism that killed Americans during the war in Iraq. The plaintiffs contend that the militia group Jaysh al-Mahdi, sponsored by the terrorist group Hezbollah, controlled Iraq’s health ministry and that the 21 defendant U.S. and European medical equipment and pharmaceutical companies made corrupt payments to obtain medical-supply contracts. Representatives from the five corporate groups—AstraZeneca, GE Healthcare USA Holding, Johnson & Johnson Pfizer, and Hoffmann-La Roche Inc said in a joint statement “further proceedings will show the companies are not responsible in any way.” The lawsuit revived by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was brought by family members of victims of attacks in Iraq by the Mahdi group. A federal trial judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2020. Lawyer …  » Read full article

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