District Court Judge William Sanchez last week ruled in favor of the defense in a multimillion-dollar wrongful death lawsuit that could have granted the plaintiffs hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments.
Sanchez ruled the plaintiffs, Anthony and Cheng Silva, parents of Susan Silva, will receive 2 percent in prejudgment interest after jurors returned a $3 million verdict last month for the estate of their daughter, Susan Silva.
Susan Silva was a Los Lunas resident who committed suicide after she took the anti-depressant drug Paxil. Sanchez could have awarded up to 10 percent interest.
In September, a jury found that Lovelace Health System Inc. was negligent in adequately informing Silva of the adverse effects of the drug. Silva, 30, died in April 2006, court documents said.
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