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.