Pfizer seeks Zoloft MDL, multidistrict litigation not class action

There is no national Zoloft class action lawsuit. Last week, however, Pfizer filed a motion requesting that the suits already on file relating to Zoloft birth defects be consolidated into a Zoloft multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Pfizer seeks Zoloft Multidistrict Litigation

On January 18, 2012, the drug company filed its motion with the U.S. Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Pfizer is seeking an Order creating a Zoloft MDL before a single judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for coordinated pretrial proceedings on Zoloft birth defects cases. Alternative locations suggested for the MDL include the Northern District of Ohio and the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi. There 59 Zoloft birth defects suits currently on file are pending before seven district courts.

Why a Zoloft MDL?

Pfizer argues that transfer and coordination of the Zoloft lawsuits into a MDL is appropriate because:

1. The actions involve common questions of fact (that Zoloft use during pregnancy can cause birth defects);

2. Transfer to a Zoloft MDL will promote justice and judicial efficiency;

3. Transfer and coordination will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses by streamlining the management of the lawsuits and eliminating unnecessary travel expenses; and

4. All of the suits on file are in the preliminary stages of litigation and more Zoloft lawsuits are expect to be filed.

Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuits

Studies show that women who use Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy are much more likely to have children with birth defects. Use of the SSRI antidepressant after the 20th week of pregnancy also has been linked to an increased risk of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), a very serious and sometimes fatal condition. Zoloft lawsuits claim Pfizer failed to warn of Zoloft birth defects linked to use of the SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has scheduled a hearing on Pfizer’s motion at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in Washington, D.C, on May 31, 2012. The outcome of the hearing will determine whether the MDL is created and, if so, to which federal court the Zoloft lawsuits will be transferred.

Do I have a claim?

Concerned parents across the United States are choosing to file lawsuits to recover damages for Zoloft birth defects.

If you or a loved one took Zoloft during pregnancy and your baby suffered a Zoloft birth defect, you may have a right to file a claim and collect substantial financial compensation.

Contact us now for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Zoloft lawsuit attorney. Use the Zoloft attorney contact request form on this page or call us toll-free. 800-845-6913

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