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MICHGIAN ATTORNEY JOSEPH MOCH APPOINTED HEAD OF NATIONAL HALCION LITIGATION GROUP

 MICHGIAN ATTORNEY JOSEPH MOCH APPOINTED
 HEAD OF NATIONAL HALCION LITIGATION GROUP
 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Grand Rapids attorney Joseph W. Moch has been named chairman of the National Halcion Litigation Group of the American Trial Lawyers Association. He will coordinate litigation involving the prescription sleeping drug Halcion.
 Moch, who will head plaintiff attorneys from around the world who are filing Halcion suits on behalf of their clients, has extensive experience in pharmaceutical law and has handled numerous high- visibility product liability and personal injury cases.
 As a part of his responsibility, the noted trial lawyer will act as a clearinghouse for the thousands of documents obtained through discovery relating to Halcion's development by The Upjohn Company, and the marketing, sale, promotion and distribution of the drug. In addition, Moch will put together and coordinate support groups for victims of Halcion, a drug whose effectiveness they trusted. Moch's formation of support groups follows a longtime practice of his to help victims and their families cope with the trauma and suffering they have endured as the result of circumstances beyond their control.
 This summer, Moch will conduct a national seminar in Washington, D.C. for attorneys representing clients with problems connected with the use of Halcion.
 The safety of Halcion, a sedative, has been called into question by a number of researchers and physicians worldwide. Patients have complained of numerous side effects ranging from amnesia to fainting to violent behavior. In August 1991, an out-of-court settlement of a $21 million suit was reached with a Utah woman who charged that her use of Halcion caused her to kill her 83-year-old mother.
 The original dose for Halcion has been reduced, in stages, because of requests by government regulatory agencies to lower the apparent risk factor associated with the drug. Even with the lower dosage, Halcion has been entirely removed from the market in Great Britain, Norway, and Finland, with several other governments threatening to follow suit.
 The press reported that President Bush took Halcion preceding his recent state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
 Moch, who has been active in the American Society of Pharmaceutical Law, is also working on numerous cases involving the anti-depression drug Prozac -- three of which resulted in suicide and two in severe personal injury.
 A noted author and lecturer as well as litigator, Moch has written on cases involving all-terrain vehicles, their water-borne counterparts best known by the trade name "Jet Skis," and other potentially dangerous products.
 A successful $1.5 million lawsuit by Moch on behalf of one of his clients resulted in Michigan's school-bus regulations being made uniform statewide instead of being left up to individual jurisdictions.
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 /NOTE: Photo of Joseph Moch is available from CONTACT: Gabriel Werba or Michael Carmichael of Gabriel Werba & Associaties, 313-259-4947, for Joseph W. Moch/ CO: National Halcion Litigation Group of the American Trial Lawyers
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