(PRWEB) July 25, 2012
The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of consumer advocates provides free online informational resources to consumers with regards to the potential dangers associated with using certain prescription medications, hereby alerts the public that a Depakote birth defects lawsuit has been filed in Illinois against Abbott Laboratories. The claim seeks damages for 27 plaintiffs who allege that their children were born with birth defects as a result of using Depakote during the early stages of pregnancy.
The case that was filed, which was given the title of Arrowood, et al v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., was filed in the Illinois Southern District Court on June 8, 2012. The case was assigned number 3:2012cv00824 and it was originally assigned to presiding Judge J. Phil Gilbert. According to court documents, the case was reassigned to Judge G. Patrick Murphy on July 23.
The 27 named plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that they were expecting mothers who used the anticonvulsant medication Depakote to help control their symptoms associated with migraine headaches and epilepsy during the early stages of their pregnancies. They further allege that as a result of using Depakote during this time, their children were born with varying birth defects that include spina bifida, cleft palate, cleft lip, limb and digital malformations, developmental delays, genitourinary malformations and heart malformations.
The plaintiffs further allege that Abbott Laboratories continued to market this medication despite the fact that they were aware of the risks associated with Depakote birth defects for children of mothers who used this medication during the early stages of pregnancy. The plaintiffs are seeking actual damages and other forms of relief that the court will deem as just, according to court documents.
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The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site is located at http://www.consumerjusticefoundation.com, is a public resource that's been built and maintained by a group of concerned professionals who want to provide general information for consumers regarding the potential dangers involved with the use of Depakote while pregnant. This resource is not to be considered as medical or legal advice, which should only be dispensed by a licensed medical doctor or a Depakote lawyer.