Nearly 1,200 lawsuits nationwide against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. over its anti-smoking drug Chantix will be handled in U.S. District Court in Birmingham. U.S. District Judge Inge Johnson will oversee pre-trial activity in the cases in which smokers and their families claim that Chantix left them with a variety of psychological problems. More suits are being filed daily from across the country. Chantix, a drug to help folks stop smoking, is made and sold by Pfizer.
The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in late 2009 assigned the cases to Judge Johnson, who was handling two of the pending cases. The panel said that Judge Johnson “has the time and experience to steer this litigation on a prudent course.” Since Judge Johnson was appointed, the number of Chantix cases filed in federal court has grown from 37 to nearly 1,200 as of January 3rd. It has been estimated that the number is expected to eventually top 2,000 cases. Ernie Corey, a very good lawyer with the Birmingham firm of Cory, Watson & Crowder, is the lead lawyer in this MDL. I suspect if you have questions that you can contact Ernie at 800-852-6299.
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