MDL 2342 In Re: Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation

The Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe, Presiding

About
Pretrial Orders
Approved Forms
Hearing Transcripts
Opinions
Deposition Notices
Contacts

About

This Multidistrict Litigation ("MDL") was created by Order of the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("MDL Panel") on April 17, 2012. The typical case involves claims by a plaintiff from anywhere in the United States against defendant Pfizer, Inc., and may name other defendants as well.

In its April 17, 2012 Order, the MDL Panel found that the actions in this MDL "involve common questions of fact, and that centralization in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation."

The MDL Panel noted that the actions "involve allegations that Zoloft, a prescription medication approved for the treatment of depression and other ailments, causes birth defects in children when their mothers ingest the drug while pregnant." Pfizer and the other defendants deny these allegations. The Panel further found that "[c]entralization will eliminate duplicative discovery; prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings; and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary."

Pretrial Orders

Order Order Title or Topic Issued  
Pretrial Order No. 1 Setting initial conference, inviting applications for liaison counsel and steering committees, establishing initial filing procedures 05/04/2012
Pretrial Order No. 2 Appointing Stephen A. Corr, Esquire as interim liaison counsel for plaintiffs 05/18/2012
Pretrial Order No. 3 Appointing Mark S. Cheffo, Esquire as interim liaison counsel for defendants 05/18/2012
Pretrial Order No. 4 Appointing Stephen A. Corr, Esquire as liaison counsel for plaintiffs 07/12/2012
Pretrial Order No. 5 Appointing Mark S. Cheffo, Esquire as lead and liaison counsel for defendants 07/12/2012
Pretrial Order No. 6 Appointing Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Executive Committee, and Multi-District Coordinator 07/13/2012
Pretrial Order No. 7 Setting status conference for September 10, 2012 07/17/2012
Pretrial Order No. 8 Entering Protective Order 07/23/2012
Pretrial Order No. 9 Setting status conference for October 17, 2012 09/10/2012
Pretrial Order No. 10 Setting status conferences 09/11/2012
Pretrial Order No. 11 Case Management Order 10/17/2012
Pretrial Order No. 12 Waiver of Service 10/17/2012
Pretrial Order No. 13 Preliminary Discovery Plan (Plaintiff Fact Sheet attached as Exhibit A) 10/17/2012
Pretrial Order No. 14 Rescheduling status conference from November 19, 2012 to December 3, 2012 11/14/2012
Pretrial Order No. 15 Joint Discovery and Scheduling Plan 11/15/2012
Pretrial Order No. 16 Master Short-Form Answer; Voluntary Dismissal Requirements 01/02/2013
Pretrial Order No. 17 Selection of Initial Discovery Group 01/17/2013
Pretrial Order No. 18 Rescheduling status conference from March 25, 2013 to April 2, 2013 01/17/2013
Pretrial Order No. 19 Obligations of PSC Members 02/20/2013
Pretrial Order No. 20 Amending Pretrial Order No. 15, Joint Discovery and Scheduling Plan 02/25/2013
Pretrial Order No. 21 Amending Pretrial Order No. 17, Selection of Initial Discovery Group 02/25/2013
Pretrial Order No. 22 Appointing Andrew Chirls, Esquire as Special Discovery Master 02/28/2013
Pretrial Order No. 23 Amending Pretrial Orders Nos. 15 and 20, Joint Discovery and Scheduling Plan 04/01/2013
Pretrial Order No. 24 Amending Pretrial Orders Nos. 17 and 21, Selection of Initial Discovery Group 04/01/2013
Pretrial Order No. 25 Setting status conferences 04/05/2013
Pretrial Order No. 26 Approving application for fees and costs of Special Discovery Master (March 2013) 04/26/2013
Pretrial Order No. 27 Setting status conferences 07/18/2013
Pretrial Order No. 28 Approving Special Discovery Master's Report and Recommendation No. 2 07/18/2013
Pretrial Order No. 29 Establishing Common Benefit Fund 07/19/2013
Pretrial Order No. 30 Establishing Deposition Protocol 07/19/2013
Pretrial Order No. 31 Amending Pretrial Order No. 13 with regard to service of Plaintiff Fact Sheets 07/30/2013
Pretrial Order No. 32 Approving application for fees and costs of Special Discovery Master (April - May 2013) 08/01/2013
Pretrial Order No. 33 Approving application for fees and costs of Special Discovery Master (June 2013) 08/01/2013
Pretrial Order No. 34 Approving application for fees and costs of Special Discovery Master (July 2013) 08/22/2013
Pretrial Order No. 35 Approving application for fees and costs of Special Discovery Master (August 2013) 09/23/2013
Pretrial Order No. 36 Modifying Pretrial Order No. 27 with regard to status conference on November 15, 2013 09/27/2013
Pretrial Order No. 37 Modifying Pretrial Order No. 36 and rescheduling status conference to November 18, 2013 10/04/2013
Pretrial Order No. 38 Approving application for fees and costs of Special Discovery Master (September 2013) 10/15/2013
Pretrial Order No. 39 Agreed schedule through first trial, and amendment to Pretrial Order No. 23 11/18/2013
Pretrial Order No. 40 Approving and adopting Reports and Recommendations Nos. 5 and 6 of Special Discovery Master 11/19/2013
Pretrial Order No. 41 Procedures for withdrawal of plaintiffs' counsel 11/22/2013
Pretrial Order No. 42 Setting status conferences 11/22/2012
Pretrial Order No. 43 Approving application for fees and costs of Special Discovery Master (September 2013) 11/22/2013
Pretrial Order No. 44 Trial Pool Selection Protocol 12/04/2013
Pretrial Order No. 45 Approving application for fees and costs of Special Discovery Master (November 2013) 12/19/13
Pretrial Order No. 46 Approving application for fees and costs of Special Discovery Master (December 2013) 01/24/14
Pretrial Order No. 47 Amending Joint Pretrial Order No. 13 with Regard to the Designation of the Medical Records Management Company and Establishing Procedures for the Transfer of Files from Medical Research Consultants ("MRC") to RecordTrak) 02/11/14
Pretrial Order No. 48 Cancelling status conference scheduled for March 3, 2014 02/27/14
Pretrial Order No. 49 Approving application for fees and costs of Special Discovery Master (January 2014) 02/27/14
Pretrial Order No. 50 Setting status conferences 03/7/14
Pretrial Order No. 51 Amending PTO No. 39 with Regard to Deadlines Related to First Trial 03/10/14
Pretrial Order No. 52 Clarifying PTO Nos. 39 and 44 with Regard to Trial Selection 03/14/14
Pretrial Order No. 53 Approving Special Discovery Master's Report and Recommendation No. 7 03/17/14
Pretrial Order No. 54 Approving Special Discovery Master's Report and Recommendation No. 8 03/17/14

Approved Forms

Form No. Form Title or Topic  
1 Initial Plaintiff Fact Sheet

Hearing Transcripts

Pursuant to the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States, transcripts of proceedings in MDL 2342, In Re: Zoloft will be placed on CM/ECF or PACER, unless the presiding judge otherwise directs, and will be made available to the public upon approval as follows:

  • A transcript provided to the Court by a court reporter or transcriber will be available at the Office of the Clerk of Court for inspection for a period of 90 days after it is delivered to the Clerk.
  • During the 90-day period, a copy of the transcript may also be obtained by purchase from the court reporter or transcriber through the Office of the Clerk of Court. An attorney who obtains the transcript from the Office of the Clerk of Court will be allowed remote electronic access to the transcript through the Court's CM/ECF system.
  • After the 90-day period has expired, the filed transcript will be available for inspection and copying in the Office of the Clerk of Court and for download from the Court's CM/ECF system through the PACER system.

Please see the FAQs for additional information concerning transcripts.

Opinions

Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) contains related information.

Date Opinion Title or Topic  
     

Deposition Notices

Deposition notices are part of the discovery process, where the parties seek to obtain information from each other; in a deposition, the person deposed will answer under oath questions posed by the attorneys. The notices posted below are not filed of record, do not constitute part of the official court docket, and are posted solely as a convenience to the parties and for the reader's information.

Deposition Notice Issued  
Plaintiffs' Notice of Taking Videotaped Deposition of Pfizer, Inc.'s and Greenstone LLC's Person(s) Most Knowledgeable Pursuant to F.R.C.P. 30(b)(6) 11/15/2012
Plaintiffs' Notice of Taking Videotaped Deposition of Defendant Greenstone LLC Pursuant to F.R.C.P. 30(b)(6) 12/21/2012

Contacts

Presiding Judge: The Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe

Please Read Judge Rufe's Policies and Procedures before contacting her chambers.
Secretary/Civil Deputy: Velma T. White
Courtroom Deputy: Erica Pratt

United States District Court
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Courtroom 12A
James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Telephone: (267) 299-7490
Fax: (267) 299-5077
Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel: Stephen A. Corr, Esq.

Begley, Carlin & Mandio, L.L.P.
Langhorne, PA 19047
Telephone: (215) 750-0110
Fax: (215) 750-0954
E-mail: Scorr@begleycarlin.com
Defendants' Lead and Liaison Counsel: Mark S. Cheffo, Esq.

Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
51 Madison Ave.
22nd Floor
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: (212) 849-7000
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Co-Lead Counsel:

Dianne M. Nast, Esq.

NastLaw LLC
1101 Market Street
Suite 2801
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: (215) 923-9300
Fax: (215) 923-9302
Mark P. Robinson, Jr., Esq.

Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc.
19 Corporate Plaza Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Telephone: (949) 720-1288
Fax: (949) 720-1292