Conlon v. Wyeth
The four plaintiffs each claimed heart valve damage and a risk of future heart surgery due to their use of diet drugs. The case was reverse-bifurcated, with the first phase limited to medical causation and damages. Plaintiffs demanded large damage awards for alleged current injuries and future heart surgery. After the first phase of trial, the jury rendered a defense verdict as to one of the plaintiffs and awarded the others damages averaging US$16,500 each. The case settled for a reduced amount prior to the second trial phase, which would have addressed liability.