Judge declares mistrial after jury deadlock in Ala. drug pricing trial against Calif. firm

Mistrial declared in Alabama drug pricing trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A judge has declared a mistrial after jurors were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Alabama’s prescription drug overpricing lawsuit against California-based Watson Pharmaceuticals.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price said Monday jurors appeared to be hopelessly deadlocked after more than seven hours of deliberations. He said he expects the case will be tried with a new jury in September.

Attorneys for the state claimed Watson cheated the state’s Medicaid program out of $23 million over about 14 years.

The trial was in its fourth week. Jurors had begun deliberations last week and continued Monday afternoon.

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