January 06, 2017 Articles

The Fundamental Specific Causation Requirement Strikes Again

By Kristin L. Beckman

Recently in the Neurontin litigation, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment on specific causation, finding that a plaintiff, John Wilhelm, had failed to come forward with sufficient evidence to create a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the defendants’ products caused his injuries. Wilhelm v. Pfizer, Inc., No. 2:06-CV-00529, 2016 WL 5030359 (D. Nev. Sept. 19, 2016). Further, the court found that the plaintiff was estopped from pursuing any further action due to his failure to disclose his lawsuit in an unrelated bankruptcy proceeding.

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