Chantix Litigation Continues to Grow
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.
CHANTIX LAWSUIT LAWYERS
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.