How do I Join the Lipitor Diabetes Class Action?



In January 2017, the U.S. District Judge presiding over the federal Lipitor litigation granted the drug maker’s motion for summary judgment, dismissing this litigation. Although our attorneys strongly disagreed with this decision, it was upheld on appeal. As a result, Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. is no longer reviewing additional claims for women who may be interested in pursuing a Lipitor class action or individual injury claim.

More than 3,000 women throughout the United States ultimately filed an injury lawsuit against Pfizer after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after using Lipitor.

In the federal court system, all cases were centralized for pretrial proceedings as part of an MDL, or Multidistrict Litigation. While this process is often confused with a Lipitor class action lawsuit, the cases actually remained individual claims.

Since the the impact of diabetes will be different for each plaintiff, the Lipitor cases were not litigated together as a class action. Rather, each plaintiff must establish that their diabetes was caused by use of Lipitor and that Pfizer failed to provide adequate warnings for them or their doctor.

Lipitor Diabetes Class Action vs MDL (Multi-District Litigation)

Many people confuse the Lipitor litigation with a class action because the court system may consolidate or centralize the cases before one judge for coordinated pretrial proceedings. While the cases are consolidated for discovery, pretrial litigation and a series of “bellwether” trials, each lawsuit still remains an individual case throughout the proceedings.

In February 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established a Lipitor MDL, which will include all Lipitor lawsuits filed by diabetic women in U.S. District Courts throughout the country. These cases will all be handled during pretrial proceedings before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel in the District of South Carolina to reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting pretrial rulings from different judges and to serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and the courts.

New cases are no longer being accepted. This page is maintained for informational purposes only.

Austin Kirk

Last Updated March 30, 2015

4 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • ETHEL says:

    I was started on Lipitor of 10/21/2013 and of this year and in 02//2014 my A1C and glucose levels started to increase above normal levels and continues to do so and now I have been Dx with type 2 Diabetes and on oral glycemia medications

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 10:59 am

  • douglas says:

    I now have diabetes from taking Lipitor and a male.

    Posted on October 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  • Rosie says:

    I started using lipitor long ago, 1997. Next thing you know I’m diabetic. Then after using metformin, I had 2 start taking insulin!. Diabetes is very hard 2 control! I’m wondering am I too old for this lawsuit? I’m 72 now & probably need to change medicine. My medical professionals are so out of touch w/realities of a poor person!

    Posted on October 27, 2015 at 2:42 pm

  • Glenda says:

    About 3 years ago I became a diebetic, when I started taking Lipitor, and am having trouble with my sugar.They have increased my medicine

    Posted on November 26, 2018 at 8:39 pm

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