Below is the first part of an article from america.aljazeera.com. It reads…
A class action over birth defects linked to the morning sickness drug thalidomide was settled in an Australian court on Monday, with the British distributor agreeing to pay victims 89 million Australian dollars (US$81 million).
Lawyers representing some 100 Australian and New Zealand victims of the drug told the Victorian Supreme Court that settlement had been reached with Diageo, which owns now defunct thalidomide distributor the Distillers Co.
The settlement, which is subject to court approval, ended a long battle for compensation. A suit against the drug’s German manufacturer, the Grunenthal Group, will be discontinued.
“It’s been a long time coming,” lawyer Peter Gordon told the court.
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