How Long Will a Lipitor Settlement for Diabetes in Women Take?


A growing number of women throughout the United States are now pursuing a lawsuit after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes from Lipitor. However, the litigation remains in the very early stages and it will likely be several years before any Lipitor settlements are reached.

Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a blockbuster cholesterol drug that has generated billions in sales for Pfizer. While the drug maker has denied that they are liable for failing to warn about the risk of diabetes from Lipitor, evidence continues to emerge that suggests Pfizer knew or should have known about the increased risk faced by otherwise healthy women and failed to provide adequate information for consumers or the medical community.

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As the Lipitor litigation progresses through the court system, our lawyers feel confident that Pfizer will have to consider offering to settle Lipitor diabetes cases to avoid substantial jury awards.

In February 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) established centralized and consolidated proceedings in the federal court system for all Lipitor diabetes lawsuits filed by women in the federal court system.

The cases will be centralize before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel in the District of South Carolina as part of an MDL, or Multidistrict Litigation.

Such consolidation is often confused with a Lipitor class action suit, but each claim does remain an individual case and each plaintiff will still have to establish that her diabetes was caused by Lipitor.

If Pfizer makes settlement offers in the diabetes cases, each plaintiff will still make their own decision about whether to accept or reject the offer.

At that time, there were several hundred cases pending throughout the United States, but estimates suggest that there could soon be thousands of lawsuits brought on behalf of women nationwide.

If a resolution is not reached following pretrial proceedings, each suit would ultimately go before a jury for determination about whether Lipitor caused that plaintiff to develop diabetes, whether Pfizer failed to adequately warn about the risk and the amount of damages that are warranted.

Once the first Lipitor trial dates are established, settlement discussions are likely to become more fruitful as the start of the cases becomes closer. However, a substantial amount of work must be done in the coming months and years during the discovery phase of the litigation.

Factors in Negotiating to Settle Lipitor Suits

Any negotiations to settle Lipitor lawsuits will be based on what a jury is likely to award in each individual case, including an assessment of the relative strengths of the suit. If a case proceeds to trial, a jury would take into account the severity of the damage and the economic impact of the diabetes diagnosis on each individual plaintiff.

In determining the amount of any damages from Lipitor, the following are some of the common factors that a jury may consider, and which will be taken into consideration when evaluating a potential Lipitor settlement offer:

  • The extent and duration of the injury from Lipitor;
  • The effect that the diabetes diagnosis had on the overall physical and mental health or well-being of the plaintiff;
  • The pain and mental anguish suffered in the past and which will likely be suffered in the future;
  • The amount of any past or future medical expenses caused by Lipitor use;
  • Any lost wages or loss of earning capacity


The Lipitor diabetes lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent women throughout the United States who are pursuing a settlement following a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Each case will be evaluated and settled based on the individual circumstances surrounding the injury and use of Lipitor.

To review whether you, a friend or family member may be entitled to a settlement for Lipitor, call our office toll free at (800) 522-0102 or request a free claim evaluation on-line.

Lipitor cases are handled by our attorneys under a contingency fee agreement, which means there are no fees paid to our Lipitor attorneys unless a settlement or recovery is obtained.


Austin Kirk
Last Updated February 20th, 2014


  1. Jeanette July 28, 2013 at 3:42 am - Reply

    I have been on Lipitor for a while now & I’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes & I ‘am having other complications such micro protein in my my urine & my triglycerides are at 237 I just had lab work done on 7-20-2013

  2. Velida August 20, 2013 at 12:31 am - Reply

    I had a stroke in 2002 from all the stress I was under,it was really a bad one. I was put on Lipitor in the hospital the attending doctor said it was only preventive, I never had High cholesterol problems or high sugar or high blood pressure. Since being put on Lipitor I have type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood. I was never tested for diabetes,I stayed sick a lot even asked my doctor to put me in the hospital to see why I was so sick all the time. This went on for 3 years, my husband are the ones that figured it out. I never showed any signs like a diabetic, thirsty, going to the bathroom a lot and really dry mouth. I was dizzy a lot passing out, could remember things I would get confused.

  3. nancy August 24, 2013 at 4:41 am - Reply

    I got rhabdomylosis in 2007 and my diabetes ws just starting now I am totally out of control but I am in CANADA WHO CAN HELP ME … I FEEL LIKE I AM DYING

  4. harold January 3, 2014 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Why i this for women ONLY I was on lipitor for a few years and now have developed Diabitis type 2

  5. cynthia February 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    my health was pretty good until I was put on medicine
    then with in 3-6 months I was told I needed to be checked for diabetes and in fact I did then I am told I have fibromyalgia/high blood pressure/chronic anxiety/
    heart problems my question is this I am still on a lot of medicine like these satin drugs and if the pharmacy company has to pay out for what they knew they were doing to women then I would like to have my compensation my health has gone down so much in the past 7 months and if they are not going to settle soon then I would like them at least to throw me a figure so I could borrow against it.

  6. Gwen March 7, 2014 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Have taken the drug an I have type 2 diabetes.

  7. marcia March 24, 2014 at 10:14 am - Reply

    My mother was on lipitor since 2001, she was soon diagnosed with diabetes, bronchitis.

  8. John March 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Don’t know why this is for women only? I have been on Lipitor for years and now at age 67 I have developed type 2 diabetes along with very hard to control hypertension. Along with the long list of blood pressure medications I’m now taking my doctor want’s me to take a prescription to control my blood sugar! I feel that Lipitor has put me on this road to poor health without proper warnings!

  9. Janet June 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I always had a good health report, started out on blood pressure meds (traimterene)it just seems that it goes from one illness to another, after being on blood pressure meds,

  10. Steve September 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Why is this just for women only? I took Lipitor for years and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes after taking it. Been treated for Type 2 Diabetes now for several years post Lipitor.

    Too bad they didn’t offer the warnings on Lipitor the years I was taking them!

  11. julia September 29, 2014 at 11:59 am - Reply

    im writing on behalf of my mother,she started taking lipitor in 2004.since taking this medicine she has been diagnosed with all kinds of problems, such as inflamed liver, also her kidneys are affected from medicine. she been in the hospital now for well over a makes 10 days being hospitalized.seems to be getting worse but i pray to God she pulls through this also.

  12. Renee October 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I took lipitor and now have type 2 and health issues that come with it. Also my identical twin never took it and doesnt have diabetes.

  13. Carolyn November 1, 2014 at 8:33 am - Reply

    I had been taking Lipitor and Astorvastin daily for over 4–5 yrs and now have diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I’m now taking Metform daily. I have No family history of Diabetes. This has altered my life dramatically.

  14. carole December 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    I am wondering if it is even worth it to join the lawsuit. Doesn’t very little, if any, of the money actually go to those of us who were harmed by this drug? I don’t have any problem with lawyers making money, but don’t they get almost all of it? If this lawsuit means we would only get maybe a couple hundred dollars, why bother?

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