Case Detail

In re Zoloft Products Liability Litigation
On October 18, 2016, WLF asked the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to affirm a district court decision that carefully and reasonably applied Daubert’s admissibility standard for expert testimony. WLF’s brief urged affirmance of that decision to ensure that reliability remains a threshold question for the court, not the jury. The brief argued against depending on “cross-examination” as a cure-all while permitting ill-equipped juries to decide how much “weight” to give to unreliable testimony. The appeal arises from a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) consolidating more than 300 lawsuits alleging that maternal exposure to Zoloft caused cardiac birth defects in Plaintiffs’ children. After extensive briefing and a three-day Daubert hearing, the district court found that plaintiffs’ expert’s opinion that Zoloft can cause cardiac birth defects was inconsistent with well-accepted epidemiological standards.
Case Status:
Awaiting decision.
More Information and Downloads:
10/18/2016: Download the Brief
Press Release: WLF Asks Appeals Court to Affirm District Court Decision Correctly Applying Daubert Standard
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