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Ackermann v. Wyeth Pharm., 06-41774

In case brought plaintiff-wife alleging that defendant failed to adequately warn about drug-induced risk of suicide from its drug Effexor, leading to her husband's suicide, summary judgment against plaintiff is affirmed where plaintiff failed to demonstrate causation under the learned-intermediary doctrine.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/24/2008
  • Published 04/25/2008


  • EDITH H. JONES, Chief Judge:, Before JONES, Chief Judge, and WIENER and CLEMENT, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Fifth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Arnold Anderson Vickery (argued), Vickery, Waldner & Mallia, Houston, TX, for Plaintiff-Appellant., Arnon D. Siegel, Dechert LLP, Washington, DC, for Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., Amicus Curiae., Allison M. Zieve, Public Citizen Litigation Group, Leslie A. Brueckner, Public Justice PC, Washington, DC, for Public Citizen, Inc. and Public Justice, Amici Curiae., Russ M. Herman, Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, New Orleans, LA, for Curt D. Furberg, Amicus Curiae., Collyn Ann Peddie, Williams Kherkher, Houston, TX, for Texas Trial Lawyers Ass'n, Amicus Curiae.

  • For Appellees:
  • Mark Herrmann (argued), Jones Day, Chicago, IL, Edward J. Sebold, David Booth Alden, Jones Day, Cleveland, OH, Terence M. Murphy, Jones Day, Dallas, TX, Michael Randolph Klatt, Clark, Thomas & Winters, Austin, TX, for Defendant-Appellee.