Nineteen New Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuits Filed in MI

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In what appears to be the latest in a seemingly unending wave of litigation, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is facing 19 new lawsuits filed on behalf of children born with serious birth defects after their mothers took Zoloft during pregnancy. The complaints allege that Pfizer knew – or should have known – about their blockbuster antidepressant’s potential to cause birth defects, yet failed to warn the public and medical communities about this risk. As a result of Pfizer’s negligence in regards to these matters, the plaintiffs suffered and will continue to suffer injuries, damages and losses.

What’s the problem?

The new Zoloft birth defect lawsuits, which were entered last month in Wayne Circuit Court in Detroit, MI., were filed on behalf of:

  • John Cook, a minor by and through his mother and next friend, Michelle Cook
  • Madison Windon, a minor by and through her mother and next friend, Angela Dropp
  • Ian Zodel, a minor by and through his mother and next friend, Mary Masters
  • Mackenzie Maskill, a minor by and through her mother and next friend, Jeanette Maskill
  • Daniel Mardorf, a minor by and through his mother and next friend, Rebecca Mardorf
  • Justin Simpson, a minor by and through his mother and next friend, Cindy Simpson-Durand
  • Heather Scalisi, a minor by and through her mother and next friend, Shannon Scalisi
  • Emily Darcy, a minor by and through her mother and next friend, Denice Darcy
  • Christa Bell, a minor by and through her mother and next friend, Lala Fields
  • Levi Vinson, a minor by and through his mother and next friend, Lorie Vinson
  • Joseph Eyerman, a minor by and through his mother and next friend, Marlo Cheeks
  • Allison Norfolk, a minor by and through her mother and next friend, Heather Norfolk
  • Tristan Skurry, a minor by and through his mother and next friend, Dawn Skurry
  • Abigail Hussey, a minor by and through her mother and next friend, Heather Slabaugh
  • Adam Widner, a minor by and through his mother and next friend Sheri Widner
  • Karleigh Wolfertz, a minor by and through her mother and next friend, Angela Wolfertz
  • Heaven Cruz, a minor by and through her mother and next friend, Melissa Shroyer
  • Cain Seagraves, a minor by and through his mother and next friend, Kimberly Lancaster
  • Dylan Brumfield, a minor by and through his mother and next friend, Nina Brumfield

The minor plaintiffs were born suffering from the following birth defects:

The lawsuits allege that the defects suffered were a direct result of the mothers’ ingestion of Zoloft during pregnancy. The plaintiffs claim that Pfizer knew or should have known that children of mothers treated with Zoloft were being born with serious congenital birth defects. They claim Zoloft is a dangerous and defective drug, unfit and unsuitable to be marketed and sold, lacking the proper warnings as to the dangers associated with its use. The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre-and post-judgement interest.

The Zoloft birth defect lawsuits have been assigned to Circuit Judge James H. Young. Wayne Circuit Court case numbers: 12-C-146, 12-C-147, 12-C-148, 12-C-149, 12-C-150, 12-C-151, 12-C-152, 12-C-153, 12-C-154, 12-C-155, 12-C-156, 12-C-157, 12-C-158, 12-C-159, 12-C-160, 12-C-161, 12-C-162, 12-C-163, 12-C-164.

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