Widower seeks approval of wrongful death settlement

By Thomas Kallies | Nov 21, 2013

WINFIELD - Kenneth Whitt, administrator of the Estate of Sylvia Whitt, deceased, filed a petition in the Putnam County Circuit Court on Nov. 7, naming American Home Products Corp. and others as the defendant.

According to Kenneth Whitt, his wife, Sylvia Whitt died on Jan. 9, 2003, as a result of ingesting pharmaceutical drugs manufactured by various pharmaceutical companies.

Kenneth Whitt allegedly settled with the pharmaceutical manufacturers for an undisclosed amount and has now filed this Petition for Approval of Wrongful Death Settlement. The settlement also purportedly outlined the fee arrangement between Whitt and his lawyers.

Kenneth Whitt seeks approval for the Petition for Approval of Wrongful Death Settlement and is being represented by attorney Stuart Calwell, Jr.

On Nov. 7, Putnam Circuit Judge Joseph K. Reeder granted a motion to seal any documents that disclose the settlement amounts and close hearings.

Kenneth Whitt's case was heard in a multidistrict litigation proceeding in an Arkansas federal court.

Circuit Court of Putnam County Case No. 13-C-363

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