Judge orders Pfizer to pay BYU $852K for suit delays

A federal magistrate judge on Wednesday penalized the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for causing unnecessary delays in a $1 billion lawsuit brought by Brigham Young University.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells ordered the company to pay $852,315 for various costs including attorney's fees because Wells determined that Pfizer had caused repeated delays in the suit that was filed in 2006.

BYU alleged in its suit that the drug company profited by billions from the drug Celebrex, which the school contends was created using research conducted by BYU researcher Daniel Simmons. The school contends that it and Simmons have been cheated of professional credit for Simmons' discovery of an important enzyme as well as financial benefits from the popular drug.

The two sides have not been able to agree on a resolution to the continuing dispute.

Wells sanctioned Pfizer primarily over delays in producing "discovery," or evidence that one side holds that must be produced if the other side requests it in litigation.

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