Canadian Court Won't Shrink Paxil Birth Defect Class

Law360, New York (October 28, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT) -- A Canadian appeals court on Friday rejected GlaxoSmithKline Inc.’s efforts to significantly limit class certification on failure-to-warn issues in a suit claiming the antidepressant Paxil causes birth defects, siding with a 19-year class period over the three-year stretch the company sought.

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia tossed GSK’s appeal of a lower court order that certified a class of consumers who were prescribed Paxil between the date it was first sold in 1993 and the December 2012 class certification. The company had sought on...
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