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U.S. Gay Rights Ruling Won't Be Appealed: AbbVie (ABBV)



3/11/2014 7:08:30 AM

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A U.S. appeals court ruling that significantly boosted gay rights will stand, as a pharmaceutical company involved in the case said on Monday that it would not appeal. Earlier this year the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco found that a gay man was improperly excluded from jury service because of his sexual orientation, and ordered a new trial for GlaxoSmithKline Plc against AbbVie, an Abbott Laboratories spinoff. The ruling heightened constitutional protections that judges in several Western states must now consider when evaluating laws that curtail gay rights.

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