Chantix Litigation Continues to Grow

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted January 13, 2011


The Chantix lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. have been investigating potential claims for users of the stop-smoking drug for more than 3 years, and the number of lawsuits filed in courts throughout the United States continues to grow. All of the lawsuits involve similar allegations that the side effects of Chantix resulted in a suicide, suicide attempt or other injury.

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All federal Chantix lawsuits have been consolidated for pretrial litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama before Judge Inge P. Johnson as part of an MDL, or multidistrict litigation. While each case in the MDL remains an individual claim, discovery and other pretrial proceedings are managed in a manner similar to what most people would associate with a Chantix class action lawsuit.

There are currently about 1,200 lawsuits included in the federal Chantix litigation according to a recent report by The Birmingham News. The number of Chantix lawsuit filings is ultimately expected to exceed 2,000, with about 60% of the cases involving a suicide or suicide attempt.

According to a scheduling order issued in October, the first depositions of Pfizer employees will begin in the first quarter of 2011 and the first Chantix trials in the MDL are unlikely to begin until the second half of 2012.

If a Chantix settlement agreement or other resolution for the litigation is not reached after a handful of bellwether trials are heard in the MDL, Judge Johnson then may consider remanding hundreds of individual Chantix suits to federal district courts throughout the United States for trial.


The attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are continuing to review new claims on behalf of individuals who committed suicide on Chantix or who suffered a severe and permanent injury from a Chantix suicide attempt. To review a claim and determine whether you, a friend or family member may be eligible to pursue compensation through the Chantix litigation, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

5 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Susan says:

    While taking Chantix I experienced a 5-day black out period, that I have little recollection of and during which time I not only attempted suicide and flat-lined twice in the ambulance, but I also did not know my husband. I thought he was a stranger in my home and threatened to shoot him with a loaded pistol I was holding. We BOTH could be dead. I took entire bottles of sleeping pills and xanax, which caused long-term neurological effects. I am appalled to still see commercials for this drug on TV. It should be removed from entirely.

    Posted on April 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

  • charles says:

    my husband charles used to be the happiest man i knew then he took chantix and started feeling different mentally he told me he didnt feel right all of a sudden he lost it on this medicine he tried to commit suicide twice had 2 stays in a mental institution and suffers from major depression suicidal thoughts and is not the same happy man i once knew he lost his business n now we r going to lose our home all thanks to this horrible drug

    Posted on June 23, 2011 at 4:20 am

  • charles says:

    also he is now on dissability thanks to this drug

    Posted on June 23, 2011 at 6:29 am

  • John says:

    I was a healthy 35 year old working as a correction officer in Tn. Pass all annual physicals with flying colors, as a young man I had boxed in golden gloves as a lightweight, I’m still within ten lbs of my weight, one Saturday at work I suffered what is called the widow maker , a massive heart attack, I was saved by God’s grace the heart doctor said he never saw it before the plac in my vessels had come off and stopped up heart veins entirely it took three stints to clear he thought that chantix had to have been the cause

    Posted on January 25, 2019 at 6:07 pm

  • Cheryl says:

    Taking chanted caused me 4 trips two jail bipolar sisorder.and passed out at a four way walking scared to take anything now to stop smoking.and I should be compansated

    Posted on September 12, 2019 at 6:34 pm

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