Pfizer Says Plaintiffs In Zoloft MDL Can't Prove Causation

By Caroline Simson (November 5, 2014, 2:46 PM EST) -- Pfizer Inc. on Tuesday pressed a Pennsylvania federal judge for summary judgment on all cases encompassed in multidistrict litigation over its antidepressant Zoloft's alleged risk of birth defects, arguing that the plaintiffs can't prove a link between the two because the court excluded their experts.

The drugmaker's motion follows U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe's decisions earlier this year to eliminate the plaintiffs' doctors' opinions on human causation, finding after a series of Daubert hearings that they had failed to follow proper research methodology. Courts have routinely tossed similar cases after experts are eliminated, the drugmaker argued, making the question of...

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