Chantix Multidistrict Litigation Moves Forward, First Trials Expected in 2012

Whitney Taylor | December 15th, 2011

Chantix side effects multidistrict litigation continues to advance, with hundreds of federal actions filed by a Chantix lawyer currently on the docket, waiting for trial. The United States Panel on Multidistrict Litigation coordinated actions into Chantix multidistrict litigation on October 1, 2010. This move was intended to streamline and expedite the pre-trial processes for every lawsuit, such as a Chantix suicide lawsuit, filed in federal district courts across the country by a plaintiff’s Chantix lawyer.

Why Chantix multidistrict litigation?

The Chantix multidistrict litigation was assigned to Judge Inge P. Johnson in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He is currently coordinating over 300 cases, all filed by a Chantix lawyer, in the hopes of making preliminary processes such as discovery as efficient as possible, and reducing costs for all parties involved, including the court.

Judge Johnson was appointed to oversee the Chantix multidistrict litigation in part because he has significant mass tort experience. He is now overseeing cases involving individuals, such as those who have filed a Chantix suicide lawsuit, who claim, along with their Chantix lawyer, that manufacturer Pfizer failed to warn users of risks associated with the smoking cessation drug.

A Chantix lawyer may allege aggressive and/or abnormally violent behavior, heart problems, mood swings, depression and suicidal ideation, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and diabetes.

Where is Chantix multidistrict heading now?

Each Chantix lawyer representing a client in the Chantix multidistrict litigation has filed an action, such as a Chantix suicide lawsuit, in a federal district court. Additional cases will be added to the Chantix multidistrict litigation as “tag along” cases. Currently the court is reviewing the process of obtaining pre-trial depositions, with trials tentatively scheduled to begin sometime in 2012.

Chantix multidistrict litigation vs. class action

Chantix multidistrict litigation is somewhat different from a hypothetical Chantix class action lawsuit. Individuals whose cases are joined to the Chantix multidistrict litigation maintain their individual status as plaintiffs, and after pre-trial coordination is complete, their lawsuits, filed by a Chantix lawyer, may be remanded back to the court of their original filing for trial. By contrast, in a class action suit, multiple plaintiffs all join together as a group to file a single lawsuit.