Ohio Resident Adopts Short Form Complaint to Join Chantix Lawsuit MDL

Emma Gonzalez | October 8th, 2012

On September 12, 2012, Kym Stokley, a resident of Ohio, adopted the master short form complaint to join the Chantix lawsuit MDL. Multidistrict litigation is headquartered in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and incorporates claims of Chantix black out, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other side effects of the drug. On behalf of the plaintiff, Stokley’s Chantix lawyer brings twelve counts against defendant Pfizer, Inc.

Chantix lawsuit MDL consolidates claims of depression and suicide

MDL No. 2092, or the Chantix (Varenicline) Products Liability Litigation consolidates claims of violence, depression, suicidal thoughts and other behaviors, often with sudden onset. The smoking cessation drug was first approved in 2006 and soon after, the FDA began receiving reports of depression and suicide incidents, some of which resulted in death.

In fact, in one 18-month period, the FDA noted almost 300 adverse event reports of depression and suicide that were allegedly linked to either Chantix or varenicline, its generic counterpart. In July 2009, the FDA responded by requiring manufacturer Pfizer to add a black box warning to Chantix to inform consumers of potential depression and suicide ideation.

Plaintiff suffered suicidal thoughts and attempted suicde

Kym Stokley began taking Chantix in July 2009, and claims that the smoking cessation drug cause serious injuries and damages including but not limited to suicide ideation and attempted suicide. By adopting the master short form complaint, Stokley also incorporates by reference all allegations and other information contained in the Master Consolidated Complaint for MDL 2092.

As do other MDL plaintiffs, Stokley retains the individual right to trial by jury.

Chantix lawyer levels twelve counts against Pfizer

Via adoption of the master short form complain, Stokley’s Chantix lawsuit levels twelve counts against Pfizer, including negligence, negligence per se, design defect, failure to warn, breach of express and implied warranties, fraudulent misrepresentation and concealment, negligent misrepresentation and concealment, gross negligence, unjust enrichment, punitive damages, and violations of state consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices acts.

Additionally, Stokley’s Chantix lawyer requests tolling of the limitation period and global prayer for relief, which will likely include compensatory, special and/or exemplary damages.