Spaniards born with severe defects protest outside Court holding flags reading "Avite" (Spanish Thalidomide's Victim Association) as they wait for the trial against German company Gruenenthal Group to... more 
Spaniards born with severe defects protest outside Court holding flags reading "Avite" (Spanish Thalidomide's Victim Association) as they wait for the trial against German company Gruenenthal Group to start in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Spaniards born with severe defects after their mothers used the drug Thalidomide during their pregnancies are suing its producer, the German company Gruenenthal Group. The Monday trial will last one day and a ruling is expected within a month. Many of the children of the mothers who took the drug, a sedative prescribed between 1950 and 1960 to combat morning sickness, were born with abnormally short limbs and in some cases without any arms, legs or hips. Gruenenthal, who withdrew Thalidomide in 1961, has refused to accept liability, but last year it apologised to victims. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Andres Kudacki
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 11:04 AM EDT