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Expert In Zoloft MDL Was Properly Excluded, Judge Says

Law360, New York (January 26, 2015, 4:11 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge Friday declined to reconsider her decision barring a plaintiffs' causation expert from multidistrict litigation against Pfizer Inc. over Zoloft’s alleged link to birth defects, saying she had properly considered the expert's methodology without overemphasizing its lack of statistically significant findings.


U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe said that her decision to exclude testimony from epidemiologist Dr. Anick Berard hadn’t relied on any bright-line rule excluding general causation experts for drawing conclusions about causation in the absence of replicated, statistically significant associations, which the plaintiffs had argued was not permitted under previous court precedent.

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Pennsylvania Eastern

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P.I.: Personal Inj. Prod. Liability


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April 17, 2012

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