WASHINGTON — A women's group asked a federal court today to dismiss A. H. Robins Co.'s petition for bankruptcy, maintaining the big drug company is seeking to dodge lawsuits by women injured by the firm's Dalkon Shield birth-control device.
The National Women's Health Network filed its motion in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., saying the pharmaceutical company's petition to reorganize under bankruptcy laws is an unjustified tactic to duck corporate responsibility.
"We hope to persuade the court that bankruptcy laws are meant to allow insolvent people and companies a fresh start, not shield financially healthy companies like Robins from legitimate claims by victims of their defective products," said Aaron Levine, an attorney representing the women's group.
Levine had said he planned to file the motion Thursday, but instead it was actually entered with the court early today. It was filed on behalf of the women's group as well as 88 women he represents who have suits against Robins.