Zoloft lawsuit claims birth defects, remanded to MO state court

A lawsuit filed in Missouri state court against Pfizer, maker of the SSRI antidepressant drug Zoloft, that was removed to federal court by the drug company, has been ordered back to state court in St. Louis.

The case originally was filed on February 2, 2012, in St. Louis Circuit Court on behalf of 21 children born with birth defects after their mothers used Zoloft during pregnancy.

On March 8, 2012, Pfizer removed the suit to federal court claiming that diversity of citizenship existed between the plaintiffs and the defendant. Attorneys representing the plaintiffs fought the effort to remove the case to federal court.

On April 4, 2012, U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson sided with the plaintiffs and found that complete diversity of citizenship did not exist. She ruled that the federal court did not have jurisdiction over the lawsuit, granted the plaintiffs’ motion to remand, and sent the case back to St. Louis Circuit Court for further proceedings.

The antidepressant drug Zoloft (generic name sertraline) belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly called SSRI antidepressants. The suit claims that SSRI antidepressant use during pregnancy has been shown to cause severe birth defects in children born to women who were prescribed the antidepressants while pregnant. Lawyers for the plaintiffs allege that Pfizer knew or should have known that children of mothers who took an SSRI during pregnancy had a greater risk of suffering congenital birth defects and, despite knowing that physicians were prescribing Zoloft to women of childbearing age, the drug company failed to adequately warn the medical community and the public of the danger.

If you or a loved one took Zoloft or other SSRI antidepressant while pregnant and your child suffered birth defect side effects, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You may have a claim against the drug company to recover personal injury or wrongful death damages.

Time limits apply. Speak with a lawyer now to learn about you legal rights. Our experienced Zoloft lawsuit attorneys are here to help you. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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