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Enright v. Eli Lilly Co.

Court of Appeals of New York
570 N.E.2d 198 (N.Y. 1991)


Facts

Karen Enright’s (plaintiff) grandmother ingested the prescription drug DES while pregnant with Karen’s mother. Due to the ingestion, Karen’s mother developed abnormalities in her reproductive system which resulted in Karen’s premature birth. Karen suffered from cerebral palsy and other disabilities allegedly resulting from her premature birth. Karen brought a negligence suit against Eli Lilly (defendant), a manufacturer of the drug. The trial court dismissed Karen’s negligence claim and the appellate division affirmed. Karen appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Wachtler, C.J.)

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