Prosecutor P. David Soares sued

Updated: December 6, 2010, 3:05 PM ET
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. -- An upstate New York prosecutor who made national headlines and dominated TV sports networks by charging a Florida pharmacy with selling anabolic steroids to pro athletes and entertainers is being sued by the pharmacists for $75 million.

Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares and his deputy face federal trial on accusations of false arrest and defamation in the case.

Meanwhile, Soares' charges against operators of the Orlando pharmacy shut down in a 2007 raid have been dismissed twice by courts.

A federal judge has refused to dismiss the civil lawsuit against the prosecutors, concluding it was unclear that Signature Pharmacy violated any New York criminal statute or was raided with valid warrants.

Soares is appealing that decision. No trial date has been set.

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