January 23, 2012
Pfizer Seeks Zoloft Birth Defect MDL
The Legal Intelligencer reports that Pfizer has asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation to consolidate over 50 cases filed in PA, NY, IL, MS, MO and OH. The cases involve Zoloft, which the plaintiffs allege caused birth defects in the patient's children. Pfizer has requested the Southern District of New York for the MDL forum. The full story is behind a registration block.
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59 cases strikes me as a grossly inappropriate use of the MDL. Congress has already bent over backwards to inappropriately put state tort lawsuits in federal court. There's no reason for the federal judiciary to jump in, too, under the pretense that it's somehow unduly burdensome for the federal courts system to manage a whopping 59 cases.
Posted by: Max Kennerly | Jan 23, 2012 8:11:56 AM