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28 Jul 2010

Gowon Emakpe, Next [Nigeria]

Court says it has no power to hear Pfizer case in Abuja [Nigeria]

A Federal High Court in Abuja…said it lacked the jurisdiction to entertain a suit filed by 192 people who claimed to be victims of a drug test carried out by Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company in Kano in 1996. The court said that the proper place to hear the matter is the Kano State High Court. The plaintiffs had asked for the sum $384 billion as damages for the negative effects of the Trovan drug test administered on them by Pfizer…Pfizer…objected to the jurisdiction of the court on the grounds that the clinical trial took place in Kano…But Etigwe Uwa, counsel to the 192 victims, argued that the case was based on the enforcement of the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs…