WESTON, FL: Plaintiffs in a high-profile drug-marketing lawsuit are reaching out to the media to challenge a motion that would seal documents that are central to the case.
Law firm Freedland, Farmer, Russo & Sheller is representing the plaintiffs - patients who claim their physicians released confidential medical records to Walgreens, which then sent them direct-mail samples of the antidepressant Prozac Weekly.
The law firm is working with its agency of record, Moxie Group, to notify the media of the motion, which is scheduled to be heard today in Broward County's 17th Judicial Court.
Lawyers for the defendants - including Walgreens, drug company Eli Lilly, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, four physicians, and a physician's assistant - have moved to seal files that are related to the case.
Under Florida law, the media must be notified and given the opportunity to oppose any motion that would restrict access to documents that would otherwise be public.
"We're taking the press release and following up with all media," said Lisa Buyer, Moxie Group's president and CEO.