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Drugmaker sues after port shipment falls in river

NORFOLK (AP) A New Jersey-based drug manufacturer has filed a federal lawsuit after its shipment at a Hampton Roads port fell into the Elizabeth River.

The newly filed lawsuit stems from a July mishap in which eight large containers toppled like dominoes into the river while berthed at the Norfolk International Terminals, the largest facility in the Port of Virginia, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

The drugmaker, Heritage Pharmaceuticals of East Brunswick, New Jersey, says that 562 packages of drugs worth $200,000 were destroyed when the refrigerated container plunged into the river.

Among those being sued is Virginia International Terminals, a private subsidiary that operates the Virginia Port Authority’s facilities.

A port spokesman told the paper that the port does not comment on pending litigation.

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