Judge Cynthia M. Rufe has entered two new pretrial Orders in the Zoloft MDL currently pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. The Zoloft MDL contains over 400 cases against the drug manufacturer Pfizer, the makers of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) Zoloft. The plaintiffs in these pending lawsuits all allege that Zoloft taken while pregnant caused significant congenital birth defects in their children.
The Orders have caused the indefinite delay of bellwether trial dates of the Zoloft cases as they are putting the litigation on hold for at least 30 days. In Order Number 68 a status conference scheduled for September 12, 2014 has been canceled due to court unavailability and will have to be rescheduled. Order Number 69 has ordered that all proceedings in the matter be stayed or stopped for an additional 30 days or until further order of the court. The trial date previously had been pushed from November 2014 to January 2015 at the request of Pfizer.
Zoloft litigation in Missouri continues to progress toward trial in the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis, MO. A jury trial of the first Missouri Zoloft lawsuit is scheduled to begin in February 2015.