Baxter International Faces Lawsuits Over Tainted Heparin

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Baxter International Inc., which recalled its blood thinner heparin amid reports of allergic reactions and deaths in 2008, faces at least 30 lawsuits in Chicago by injured people or their estates.

As many as 300 product-liability complaints may be filed in the Illinois state court, plaintiffs' attorney Allen Schwartz of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz said today in a phone interview. His law firm and two others are working to comply with a judge's order last year to convert an aggregate lawsuit to individual claims against the Deerfield, Illinois-based company.

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