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W. Va. Court Dismisses Zoloft Birth Defect Case After Excluding Causation Expert’s Opinions

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A West Virginia state court awarded Pfizer Inc. summary judgment in a Zoloft birth defect case after excluding the opinions of the plaintiffs’ sole specific causation expert.

In an Oct. 5 opinion, the West Virginia Mass Litigation Panel found that the expert was not qualified to perform a differential diagnosis and that his affidavit was inconsistent with his deposition testimony in response to questions about specific developmental delays and their causal factors.

Nina Brumfield’s son, “D.B.,” was born with “with a seizure disorder, as well as a cognitive and neurobehavioral disorder, and other bodily injuries,” allegedly ...

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