Colorado Mass Tort Attorneys – Burg Simpson

Depakote® / Depakene

Depakote® is a prescription drug sold by AbbVie, Inc. that is approved to treat certain seizure disorders, manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches. Depakote® contains valproic acid, which has been shown by scientific literature to cause birth defects, cognitive deficits, and behavioral impairments.

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Our Mass Tort attorneys represent survivors nationwide. We have the resources and experience with complex lawsuits to help to get you the compensation you need and deserve. If you or your loved one have suffered injuries due to dangerous drugs, please email us or call today at 1-888-895-2080 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

• Heart defects
• Craniosynostosis (premature closure of sutures in skull)
• Limb defects (such as club foot or multiple fingers/toes)
• Cleft palate/lip
• Eye defects
• Hypospadias (abnormal location of urethra in males)
• Other major malformations

Abbott Pharmaceuticals and AbbVie Inc. face hundreds of lawsuits by children alleging serious birth defects caused by the drug Depakote, which the children’s mothers took during pregnancy. Depakote is prescribed to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and for migraine prophylaxis. The lawsuits involve claims that Depakote caused serious birth defect injuries, such as spina bifida, heart defects, cleft palate, and neurological complications that can result in autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays. All of these injuries can have devastating impacts on children and their families.
Jury Verdict: Depakote Caused Birth Defects
On May 26, 2015, a St. Louis jury ruled in favor of a family who alleged exposure to Depakote® during pregnancy caused their child to develop birth defects, including spina bifida. The jury found that Abbott failed to warn the mother that taking Depakote® while she was pregnant would expose her child to an unnecessary risk of serious birth defects.
The jury awarded $15 million in compensatory damages and $23 million in punitive damages. Abbott is expected to appeal.
Abbott’s $1.5 Billion Criminal Sanction
In 2012, Abbott pleaded guilty to criminal and civil charges by the U.S. government that it illegally promoted Depakote. Abbott was required to pay $1.5 billion as part of a settlement of those charges. This settlement followed an investigation by the Department of Justice, which found that Abbott promoted Depakote for unapproved uses.
Restrictions on Use of Depakote in Pregnancy
As a result of the risk of birth defects with Depakote, in 2013 Abbott revised the Depakote label to warn that due to the risks to developing babies, Depakote should not be taken by pregnant woman to treat migraine headaches. With regard to treatment of migraines, the Depakote was changed to “Pregnancy Category X,” which means the risk to pregnant women clearly outweighs the benefit of the drug. The revised label also warns that Depakote should only be used during pregnancy as a last resort for seizures or bipolar disorder, if other drugs are not effective in treating the pregnant mother’s symptoms.
The updated warning label also confirms that Depakote can cause decreased IQ scores in children exposed to the drug in the womb.
BURG SIMPSON is currently investigating legal claims regarding children whose mothers took Depakote during pregnancy and who developed birth defects. Contact us today for a confidential, free, no-obligation consultation.

Depakote® has also been associated with an increased risk of neural tube defects, including spina bifida. While the rate of neural tube defects in the general population is 0.1 to 0.2%, the incidence rate in children exposed to Depakote® in the first trimester is reported to be as high as 5%.

• Low IQ
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Autistic Disorder
• Asperger’s Disorder
• Pervasive Developmental Disorder (“PDD-NOS”)

Will it cost me anything to find out if I have a claim?
No. We offer clients a free, no obligation case evaluation. We pay for the cost of obtaining your medical records, any expert reviews, and court filing fees. We only receive reimbursement and a fee for our work if the drug company pays your claim. Visit the FAQs page for more details. (link)

What’s my next step?
Act now to ensure your claim is timely filed. Many have already submitted claims. Indecision could mean losing the opportunity to receive just compensation. The time you have in which to file a claim depends on a variety of factors, including the state in which you live.

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Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

 August 16, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

Are corporation’s people? It might sound like a simple question, but it’s one the U.S. Supreme Court answered in the affirmative when it handed down its landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. That 5-4 ruling struck down a prohibition against certain election communications by nonprofits, corporations, labor unions, and other associations…. Read more »

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

 August 15, 2017

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court handed Big Pharma a big victory. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the high court struck down California’s effort to widen the scope of non-residents seeking relief from dangerous drugs. In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled against nearly 680 plaintiffs who were suing the… Read more »

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

 August 15, 2017

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

  Twenty-Three Attorneys Were Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2018 Four Attorneys Listed as 2018 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” In Their Practice Area and Region August 15, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce several… Read more »

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

 August 9, 2017

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

August 9, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Thousands of new homes may be uninhabitable due to excessive levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, found in the joists of finished and unfinished basements. Homeowners and construction workers have reported feeling ill, with burning eyes and respiratory issues, after exposure to hazardous levels of formaldehyde present in these… Read more »

Consumers Can Sue Banks – Colorado Mass Tort Lawyers – Burg Simpson

 July 17, 2017

Consumers Win Right to Sue Banks

In a regulatory environment that has lately favored big business over the average American consumer, the underdog got a rare win this week. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an independent federal watchdog group, issued a rule on July 10 that will limit the ability of banks, credit card companies, and other financial institutions to force… Read more »

Device Recall - Dangerous Medical Devices Attorney – Burg Simpson

 April 24, 2017

What is a Medical Device Recall?

When a person undergoes a medical procedure involving the use of a medical device, that person trusts it’s safe and effective. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. When it becomes clear that a medical device is causing unexpected harm to consumers, a medical device manufacturer must take measures to address such serious problems. One such… Read more »

Reverse Shoulder- denver Mass tort lawyers - Burg Simpson

 February 17, 2017

Recall Alert: Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Recalled by Zimmer Biomet

Zimmer Biomet has issued a Class I Recall of its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder due to higher than reported fracture rates.  Zimmer Biomet issued the recall on December 15, 2016.  The Zimmer recall includes thousands of Comprehensive Reverse Shoulders.  The recalled devices were distributed between October 2008 and September 2015.  As part of the shoulder recall,… Read more »

Mike Burg Holds First Book Signing for Trial by Fire at Tattered Cover

 August 18, 2016

Mike Burg Holds First Book Signing for Trial by Fire at Tattered Cover

Last month at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, Colorado, a crowd of over 100 were treated to an evening with Burg Simpson attorney and author, Mike Burg. Speaking about his new book, Trial By Fire: One Man’s Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives, Mike discussed his childhood and his motivations that… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

Trial Talk magazine

 November 18, 2015

Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

Burg Simpson Attorney and Shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith’s article, published in CTLA’s Trial Talk, April/May 2015, addresses specifics of appellate practice and procedure. Download full article PDF

The Trial Lawyer Magazine

 November 18, 2015

Homebuilders v. Homeowners

Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders Burg Simpson attorneys Jennifer A. Seidman and Ronald M. Sandgrund examine what could happen if lawmakers allow builders to take advantage of and mischaracterize the causes of the Great Recession’s lingering effects, and the facts regarding the real causes of the decline… Read more »

Pop Culture

 November 18, 2015

Part IV – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

TV and Movies – What We Love and Love to Hate Twelve Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, the O.J. Simpson debacle…do these movies and televised lawsuits influence decision makers? Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund continues the panel series dialogue, with Part IV addressing TV and movies. Download full article PDF

Pop Culture Part 3

 November 18, 2015

Part III – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

Managing Popular Culture’s Influence Popular culture generally has been defined as “culture based on the tastes of ordinary people rather than an educated elite.” Part III investigates whether popular culture may be undermining the rule of law. Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund mediates this panel article. Download full article PDF

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