LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A 56-year-old Los Angeles man who sued Rite Aid for $1.7 million, claiming he developed a life-threatening condition when he was given someone else’s prescriptions, lost his case Thursday.

Lieutenant Taylor, who says he is illiterate, sued the drugstore chain in November 2009, alleging he was given drugs at an Inglewood Rite Aid in December 2008 meant for Lennette Taylor.

Taylor’s attorney, Alvin L. Pittman, said that as a result, his client needs a kidney transplant that costs about $450,000.

But Rite-Aid attorney Kevin T. Dunbar told jurors there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the pharmacist.

When Taylor picked up the prescriptions in December 2008, Dunbar said, the pharmacist repeatedly asked if he was picking up drugs for Lennette Taylor, and Lieutenant Taylor said yes.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for part of Wednesday afternoon and this morning before rejecting the malpractice case.

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Comments (6)
  1. Realist58 says:

    Yeah!! The general public and responsible people of the world have come out victorious 🙂 Now I hope Rite Aid and the state of California sues this poor illiterate individual and his bottom feeding attorney for wasting the taxpayers time, resources and the tax payers money. I bet if he won he could miraculously be able to read Ben Franklin’s name on the bills and I bet he could read all the contracts he would be signing for a new car and a new house.

    1. Zoe Park says:

      Actually he only has 3 years to live. It was really a sad case.

  2. bobbyd says:

    How do you get by and live that long without learning to read?

  3. Karen says:

    He does need a kidney transplant. I feel sorry for him. But as the pharmacist said and the jury believed him, the pharmacist asked if he was picking up meds for a woman. I hope he does not have hearing problems too. If so, other people should get his meds.

    1. Zoe Park says:

      That part wasn’t clear. The pharmacist said that it was custom procedure to ask the name of the medication to whoever. The plaintiff said that the pharmacist never even mentioned the other person’s name.

      He does need a transplant and he only has 3 years to live.

  4. Ed Rooney says:

    What a dork.

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