GlaxoSmithKline over imprisonment in China
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[November 17, 2016]
LONDON (Reuters) - Two former
corporate investigators have sued GlaxoSmithKline, alleging the
drugmaker misled them and induced them to investigate an innocent
person, resulting in their imprisonment.
The complaint, filed with the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia
and made public on Wednesday, was brought by Peter Humphrey, who is
British, and his American wife, Yu Yingzeng.
The couple were detained in 2013 and found guilty by a Chinese court
in 2014 after being asked by GSK to investigate a whistleblower
within the pharmaceuticals group.
They were convicted of illegally obtaining private records of
The couple allege GSK misled them by stating that the
whistleblower's allegations of widespread corruption within the
company were false. GSK was fined a record 3 billion yuan ($436
million) in 2014 for paying bribes to doctors to use its drugs.
A GSK spokesman said: "We do not believe this case has any merit and
will vigorously defend against the allegations."
(Reporting by Ben Hirschler and Jonathan Stempel; Editing by
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