Celebrities To Testify In Accutane Trial

Posted by msch on Aug 2, 2010 12:15:00 PM

Celebrity witnesses including Brian Dennehy, Martin Sheen, and Rob Reiner are expected to testify in the Marshall v. Hoffman La Roche Accutane Trial

UPDATE: Because of the Appellate Division's decision in Kendall v. Roche, The Greenblatt case has been continued with no new date. However, the case is expected to come back on calendar.

UPDATE 2: The Greenblatt trial is now scheduled to begin February 14, 2011. Watch it on live CVN.

Martin Sheen, Brian Dennehy, and Rob Reiner are expected to testify in Greenblatt v. Hoffman-La Roche. Bloomberg reports that Esai Morales, of the show NYPD Blue, and Rick Nicita, chairman of Morgan Creek Productions, will also testify.  Other plaintiffs in the trial are Gillian Gaghan and Kelley Andrews.

According to IMDB, James Marshall, born James Greenblatt got his first break when he was cast in television series Twin Peaks.  "The buzz on Marshall was so great that director Rob Reiner cast James and co-star Cuba Gooding Jr. in his upcoming film A Few Good Men. The movie was an excellent springboard towards a busy acting career."

According to plaintiff attorney Mike Hook, the evidence at trial will show that Marshall would have had a stellar career, but for an inflammatory bowel disease the resulted in the removal of Marshall's colon. The IBD, Marshall will contend, was caused by Accutane, an acne treatment medicine that Hoffman-La Roche allegedly should have warned could cause IBD.

According to Hoffman-La Roche, (1) Accutane has had IBD warnings for 20 years, and (2) the link between Accutane and IBD has not been scientifically proven.

CVN has covered four prior Accutane trials in which plaintiff attorney Mike Hook represented clients allegedly harmed by Accutane: McCarrell v. Hoffman-La Roche (2007), Kendall v. Hoffman-La Roche, (2008), In re: Accutane (2009), and McCarrell v. Hoffman La-Roche (2010 - retrial after appeal).

CVN will webcast Greenblatt v. Roche live, gavel-to-gavel.

Topics: Toxic Torts, Products Liability, accutane, Greenblatt v. Roche, Pharmaceutical