Philly Paxil Litigation Paused During Fight Over Initial Case

By Dan Packel (April 27, 2016, 5:21 PM EDT) -- A Philadelphia County judge has agreed to pause the consolidated Paxil litigation program until a final conclusion is reached in an initial case alleging the antidepressant caused birth defects, which was dismissed mid-trial for lack of adequate evidence by the plaintiffs.

In an order docketed April 21, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Arnold New granted the plaintiffs' request to have the litigation against Paxil-manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline stayed until the completion of post-trial proceedings and appeals in the initial case.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Powell's grant of a compulsory nonsuit in favor of GSK earlier this month had...

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