We are pleased to see this litigation moving forward. Bellwether trials will be important in gauging how juries might rule in similar Zoloft birth defect cases.
New York, New York (PRWEB) January 29, 2013
Federal Zoloft lawsuits continue to move forward in the multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a Pretrial Order dated January 17th, the Court has established a protocol for selecting Zoloft lawsuits for early bellwether trials. The Order directs the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee to select 12 Zoloft birth defect claims for inclusion in the Early Discovery Group by February 15th. Attorneys for Pfizer, Inc. have been directed to select 13 cases for the Group by February 25th. (In Re: Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation - MDL 2342)
“We are pleased to see this litigation moving forward. Bellwether trials will be important in gauging how juries might rule in similar Zoloft birth defect cases,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free Zoloft lawsuit consultations to victims of birth defects allegedly associated with the drug.
Zoloft Birth Defects
Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant used to treat major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and anxiety disorders. As of December 2012, at least 250 Zoloft birth defect cases had been filed in the Pennsylvania litigation. All of the lawsuits allege that use of Zoloft during pregnancy can increase the risk of delivering a child with severe birth defects, including pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN), spina bifida and other neural tube defects, heart defects, abdominal defects, and club foot. Court documents indicate that the first trial in the litigation is tentatively scheduled to begin no later than September 12, 2014. The next status conference in the Zoloft birth defect litigation is scheduled for February 25th, 2013.
Victims of alleged Zoloft side effects may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn more about alleged Zoloft birth defects, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For additional information, contact a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by calling (877) 779-1414.
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