Pfizer Wants Court To Pause Zoloft Birth Defects Suit
By Richard Vanderford
Law360, New York (January 30, 2012, 7:11 PM ET) -- Pfizer Inc. on Monday asked a New York federal court to stay an action over birth defects allegedly caused by the antidepressant Zoloft, part of a push to simplify things while a federal panel decides whether to consolidate nearly 60 related cases.
The drugmaker told U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe that it makes sense to freeze a suit brought by parents Paula Peska and Scott Day, who claim Zoloft caused congenital defects that killed their young child.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is deciding...