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On August 8, 1997, the Texas Supreme Court issued an order indefinitely delaying the trial set for August 11 that was to hear the suits brought by eight Texas women against Wyeth-Ayerst. The case was delayed so that the court could consider a motion by Wyeth attorneys to have several plaintiffs' attorneys disqualified for alleged misconduct (Court delays trial's start in Norplant case, Houston Chronicle, 8 August 1997. online http://www.chron.com/content/chron.politan/97/08/09/norplant.2-0.html).
In February 1996, Huhtamaki Oy announced negotiations on the sale of its pharmaceutical division, Leiras, to Schering AG. No allusion was made to Norplant as a factor in that decision. In fact, Norplant was part of the Schering purchase and Leiras has indicated that it intends to manufacture and market the two-rod implant system, under the name Jadelle® and outside the United States (S Waldman, personal communication, 20 August 1997).