Friday, September 27, 2013 - The Onder Law Firm, attorneys handling complex pharmaceutical, medical device and other consumer products lawsuits nationally, have announced that two of its attorneys will serve in leadership roles in prominent Lexapro birth defects lawsuits. Mark Niemeyer and Michael Kruse will act as coordinating counsel for the Missouri Consolidated Lexapro/Celexa Products Liability Litigation.
The vast majority of the Celexa and Lexapro birth defects lawsuits in the United States have been consolidated in Missouri Judicial Circuit 19 (Case No. 08AC-CC00566-01) in Cole County, Missouri. Celexa and Lexapro birth defects lawsuits allege that the antidepressants caused birth defects when taken by pregnant women and that the maker of these drugs, Forest Laboratories, Inc., was aware of this risk and failed to appropriately warn expectant mothers of the danger. The birth defects alleged to have been caused by Celexa and Lexapro use include cardiac birth defects such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, spina bifida, anencephaly, craniosynostosis, omphalocele and club foot, as well as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).
According to court documents, the Missouri Consolidated Lexapro/Celexa Products Liability Litigation trial will commence in May of 2014, making it the very first Celexa or Lexapro birth defects trial in the Country. St. Louis, Missouri, the nearest metropolitan area to the court of record for the Missouri Consolidated Lexapro/Celexa Products Liability Litigation, is also home to The Onder Law Firm and where a major office of Forest Laboratories, Inc. is located. Court documents reflect that Forest Laboratories, Inc. employee depositions are currently underway and that expert disclosures are due this fall.
The Celexa and Lexapro birth defects attorneys at The Onder Law Firm are still offering a confidential consultation without any cost or further obligation to parents of children born with a birth defect after the mother took Celexa or Lexapro while pregnant. If successful, the Celexa and Lexapro birth defects lawsuits will provide families with funds necessary for corrective medical procedures and the long-term care of their children.