Drug Companies Urge Cherokee High Court To Decide Jurisdiction Issue

(April 7, 2016, 11:16 AM EDT) -- TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The question of whether Cherokee Nation courts have jurisdiction to hear the tribe’s negligence and product liability claims against the makers of the diabetes drug Actos should be decided first before the case proceeds further, and the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court rules allow such a question to be decided on appeal, the accused drugmakers argue in a March 31 brief opposing dismissal of their appeal (Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al. v. The Cherokee Nation, et al., No. SC-16-02, Cherokee Sup.).

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