Zoloft lawsuits are on the rise. A federal Zoloft lawsuit is filed in the federal MDL court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and “involves allegations that Zoloft, a prescription medication approved for the treatment of depression and other ailments, causes birth defects in children when their mothers ingest the drug while pregnant.” And, Pfizer and the other defendants in a zoloft lawsuit deny these allegations.
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This Zoloft Lawsuit and MDL – Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) – was created by Order of the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL Panel”) on April 17, 2012. The typical case involves claims by a plaintiff from anywhere in the United States against defendant Pfizer, Inc., and may name other defendants as well.
In its April 17, 2012 Order, the Zoloft Lawsuit MDL Panel found that the actions in this MDL “involve common questions of fact, and that centralization in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation.”
The MDL Panel noted that the actions “involve allegations that Zoloft, a prescription medication approved for the treatment of depression and other ailments, causes birth defects in children when their mothers ingest the drug while pregnant.” Pfizer and the other defendants deny these allegations.
The Panel further found that “[c]entralization will eliminate duplicative discovery; prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings; and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary.”
LATEST UPDATES FOR THE ZOLOFT LAWSUIT MDL – 3/17/2014
- Leadership Status Conferences will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and Tuesday, October 14, 2014
- Deadlines Related to First Trial – October 30-31, 2014 Jury questionnaires distributed and jury selected
- October 30, 2014 Final Pretrial Conference
Sertraline hydrochloride, marketed by Pfizer as Zoloft, is an SSRI-class antidepressant drug used to treat major depression, obsessive-compulsive behavior, panic and social anxiety disorders. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the use of Zoloft during pregnancy may pose a serious risk to the developing baby, including:
- an increased risk of heart defects;
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN);
- omphalocele (an abdominal wall defect through which a sac containing the small intestine, liver, and large intestine protrudes); and
- craniosynostosis (early closing of skull sutures resulting in an abnormally-shaped head).
If you or a loved one has suffered from a birth defect you believe was caused by an SSRI like Zoloft during use while pregnant, please contact us so our experienced defective drug injury lawyers can discuss your case with you and help you file a zoloft lawsuit.
At the Gooch Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients reliable representation for even the most challenging cases. If you or someone you love has suffered negative health effects (e.g., birth injury or birth defect) as a result of Zoloft use during pregnancy and need help filing a zoloft lawsuit, contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.
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