Archive for Lawsuits

Kitchener man found not criminally responsible for stabbing parents — (The Kitchener Record)
SSRI Ed note: Man on psych drugs for 7 years becomes paranoid, delusional, attacks parents, gets diagnosed with schizophrenia. Mental illness, not meds blamed. Locked up.
Inquest hears killer mum Samantha Ford had suicidal thoughts but was ‘calmer and more focused’ days before she drowned twins — (KentOnline)
SSRI Ed note: Mum prescribed mirtazapine by GP has personality changes, attempts suicide, drowns 23-month-old twins. Nobody saw it coming. Gets 10 yrs in jail.
Family of West Point cadet who died by suicide blames medical negligence at Portland VA — (Task & Purpose)
SSRI Ed note: Woman prescribed Prozac by VA after ankle injury becomes suicidal, anxious, reports that the med is the problem, is ignored, dies by suicide. Parents sue.
George Acres death: Mother of seven-year-old pleads insanity — (BBC News)
SSRI Ed note: GP prescribes various meds including antidepressants to woman with pain. she dislikes "antipsychotics", stops them. Restarts meds, kills son shortly after.
When Giving Birth Leads to Psychosis, Then to Infanticide — (The Atlantic)
SSRI Ed note: Postpartum psychis is not recognized as a phenomenon in US law, and the exacerbating effects of SSRI antidepressants are not recognized in any jurisdiction.
Mum whose 18-month-old son died plunging from sixth-floor of Bradford tower block is spared jail — (The Sun)
SSRI Ed note: Woman treated for depression becomes psychotic, throws toddler from 6th-storey killing him, schizophrenia, not antidepressant, blamed.
Dutch Court Rules for Plaintiff – Seroxat (Paxil) Psychological Damage — (Bob Fiddaman Blog)
SSRI Ed note: GP puts 14-yr-old boy on high dose of Seroxat after father dies. He attempts suicide 6 times, becomes hostile, emotions dull. As adult he sues GSK, wins.
‘Schizophrenic’ dad admits suffocating wife and drowning their two children in bath but denies murder ‘on grounds of diminished responsibility’ — (The Mirror)
SSRI Ed note: Man given diazepam for anxiety, paranoia becomes dramatically worse, psychotic, murders wife, 2 kids. Schizophrenia blamed.
Darlington mom sentenced to 120 years for murdering her children — (The Journal & Courier)
SSRI Ed note: Woman diagnosed with depression becomes "unemotional", kills her children and attempts suicide the same month. 99.9% chance she took antidepressants.
Lost, resentful, thinking about ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ he found little boy’s house, accused killer said — (The Herald-Leader)
SSRI Ed note: Nurse on narcotics, antidepressants kills 8-yr-old boy during psychotic episode. Marijuana blamed. Potential death penalty.
Joshua Stimpson trial hears more evidence in Molly McLaren Dockside murder case — (KentOnline)
SSRI Ed note: Man stops taking his bipolar medication, stalks his ex-girlfriend, stabs her to death 75 times. No emotion. Jailed for life.
Woman accused of attempted 7-Eleven murders ‘wielded axe purposefully’ — (news.com.au)
SSRI Ed note: Transgender woman on 5 drugs including "high dose" of Zoloft + amphetamine, becomes psychotic, attacks 2 people in 7-Eleven with axe. Blames mental illness.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Daddy, please kill me I can’t do this any more’: Meet the CHILDREN prescribed anti-depressants for anxiety that ‘made them suicidal’ — (Daily Mail Australia)
SSRI Ed note: Lawyer launches class action lawsuit on behalf of children prescribed Aropax (paroxetine), Zoloft, harmed by the medications.
GSK Must Pay $3 Million in Generic Paxil Suicide Lawsuit: U.S. Jury — (New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: In a groundbreaking case, a widow does not settle, wins lawsuit against GSK for the suicide of her attorney husband. Jury agrees GSK lied, hid risks.
Man Charged With Murder in Death of Emergency Worker in the Bronx — (New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Man intoxicated on psychiatric and illegal drugs, semi-delirious, hijacks an ambulance, runs over EMT, killing her. Lawyer blames mental illness.
Prosecution grills husband in wife’s drowning trial — (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
SSRI Ed note: Husband takes woman who harmed young sons, 2 and 5, to GP for depression, he prescribes Celexa (perhaps not taken consistently), she drowns the boys.
Moms reach $6.2m settlement over claims that anti-depressant caused kids’ heart problems — (MSN)
SSRI Ed note: FIfty woman who took Paxil while pregnant, with kids suffering birth defects as a result, settle class action lawsuit with GSK for $6.2 million.
Zoloft Class Action Claims Drug Company Misled Consumers about Zoloft’s Ability to Treat Depression — (Baum, Hedlund, Aristei Goldman)
SSRI Ed note: Baum Hedlund files class action lawsuit alleging that Pfizer knew Zoloft has dangerous side effects, while not effective for treating depression.
Auburn man denies knowing why he beat and stabbed fiancee — (The Sun Journal)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Zoloft for anxiety, depression gets worse, becomes paranoid, beats, stabs fiancee, memory hazy, cannot explain actions. Mental illness debated.
DeLand man guilty in strangling, stabbing death of girlfriend — (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
SSRI Ed note: Man in Adderall withdrawal, recently started Zoloft, "snaps" during argument with girlfriend, strangles, stabs her to death. Involuntary intox argument fails.
Man accused of killing Island Lake woman claims he was insane at the time — (Chicago Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Man on psych meds incl antidepressants, history of suicide attempts, odd ideas, is violent, antisocial, murders a woman. Schizoaffective disorder blamed.
Florida Court Rules Physician May Be Liable in Suicide — (Medscape)
SSRI Ed note: G.P. prescribes Effexor, woman does not feel right on it, advises GP, he changes to Lexapro without seeing her, she dies by suicide. Husband sues.
Accused Richard Bain testifies about ‘big depression’ – Montreal — (Eastern Ontario Network Television)
The Murder of Kathryn Faughey — (World Heritage Encyclopaedia)
SSRI Ed note: Man forced to take neuroleptics, electroshock murders for 2 decades murders the woman who had him diagnosed schizophrenia. Convicted of murder.
What happened to Rohinie Bisesar? — (Toronto Life)
SSRI Ed note: Ambitious young woman from repressive family can't find "suitable" work, is hospitalized, diagnosed, drugged, stops meds, stabs a random woman to death.
Jacksonville PD investigating apparent murder-suicide — (6 WBRC News)
SSRI Ed note: Man is prescribed Lexapro, shoots and kills himself and wife one day after starting the med. Wife's ex files a lawsuit against Forest Labs for failure to warn.
Judge says he doesn’t believe defendant intended to kill wife — (Kentucky New Era)
SSRI Ed note: Wife in antidepressant withdrawal goads husband to shoot her.
Testimony focuses on drug use in Buendia attempted murder trial — (Bay News 9)
SSRI Ed note: Man on 13 drugs charged with attempted murder
Lawsuit Claims Authorities Let Man, Serving Time for Ticket, Die in Macomb Jail — (Deadline Detroit)
SSRI Ed note: Man sentenced to 30 days for failure to pay traffic ticket loses 50 lbs and dies of withdrawal from prescribed medication in 17 days. Family files lawsuit.
Lake Mtka. Community Grasps For Answers After Family Murder-Suicide — (CBS Minnesota)
SSRI Ed note: Man given antidepressant, worsens, doc ups dosage, worsens, doc changes prescription, does not monitor, 3 weeks later man kills family, self.
Nebraska man blames Zoloft in girlfriend’s 2002 killing — (Tri-City Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Man is put on Zoloft, attempts suicide, kills girlfriend, is convicted. Blames drug, is tested, found to be a poor metabolizer, court rejects appeal.
Common antidepressants ‘linked to increased risk of violent behaviour in young people’ — (Belfast Telegraph) Rx for violence? — (LA Times)
SSRI Ed note: Study shows antidepressants associated with violence, especially among young people. Study flawed because it counts period after discontinuance as drug-free.
Widow sues Thornton police for killing mentally ill husband — (The Denver Post)
Covington Lawyers Kill on Cross-Exams in Cymbalta Case — (American Lawyer)
SSRI Ed note: Lawyers triumph defending corrupt drug safety system
Strafrechtelijke bijwerkingen: Verhoogde kans tot het begaan van een moord? Criminal side effects [of paroxetine]: increased chance of committing a murder? — (Criminal side effects: increased chance of committing a murder?)
SSRI Ed note: Two Dutch cases of murders in which paroxetine (Seroxat, Paxil) was deemed to have played a crucial causal role.
[NL] Dept of Justice using prostitute murder suspect as guinea pig — (Algemeen Dagblad)
SSRI Ed note: Dutch Justice Department decides to test a defendent's claim that paroxetine (Paxil) caused him to become violent in a personalized double-blind test.
St. Louis jury hears nation’s first suit claiming Zoloft caused birth defects — (St Louis Post-Dispatch)
SSRI Ed note: Mom is first to sue Pfizer because Zoloft caused her baby to be born with multiple heart problems. Jury decides plaintiff's did not prove drug was cause.
Lexapro Maker Must Face Claims Tied to Suicide — (Courthouse News Service)
SSRI Ed note: Woman has akathisia on Paxil, switched to Lexapro, gets worse, dies by suicide. Forest motion arguing preemption is denied.
Murder trial: McLinn describes killing Sasko in police interview — (Lawrence Journal-World)
SSRI Ed note: Woman who has violent thoughts on Zoloft switched to Pristiq, they intensify, she buys, kills pet rabbit, then the man she lives with, using knife. No emotion.
Antidepressant gets blame for bank robbery — (Winnipeg Sun)
1st Circuit Tosses Suit Over Antidepressant — (Courthouse News Service)
SSRI Ed note: Parents file false advertising claim against Forest Labs, court (effectively) decides that FDA prerogative overrides consumers rights.
Appeal of Court Termination of Parental Rights — (Justia.com)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on Prozac, Buspar, Trazodone is "not capable of caring for herself, much less a child", loses custody of daughter.
Solvay Pharma Must Face Bribery Claims — (Courthouse News Service)
Family of man who died after fight at Tiny’s sues city officer — (The New Mexican)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants and other meds gets into bar fight, is restrained on floor, suffocates while in police custody.
Should Suicidal Students Be Forced to Leave Campus? — (The New Yorker)
SSRI Ed note: University forces student to leave campus, drop out of program because of suicide attempt. This outrageous practice is sadly common.
When does “Not guilty by reason of insanity” apply? — (The Virginian-Pilot)
SSRI Ed note: Woman with new baby is prescribed Zoloft, becomes psychotic, "hormones" get the blame
Woman held in sister's death was also charged in 2001 slaying — (Chicago Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Woman medicated for 8 yrs takes antidepressant instead of neuroleptic, kills a man, found NCR. Later kills her sister.
Psychologist casts doubt on Marsh insanity defense — (The Davis Enterprise)
SSRI Ed note: Teen has bad reaction to Prozac & Zoloft, in a dreamlike state stabs to death elderly couple, prosecutor invents motive. Found guilty, he gets 52 years.
Higgins v. Forest Laboratories — (U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA)
Young man’s mental illness keeps murder case on hold for more than a decade — (The Kansas City Star)
SSRI Ed note: Boy, 11 put on psych meds for anxiety, deteriorates dramatically, by 16 he is paranoid, withdrawn, psychotic, shoots, kills mom's fiance. His life destroyed.