Filing A Case in Small Claims Courts

This video describes how to file a case in small claims court. It is brought to you by the Superior Court of California of Contra Costa and Orange Counties. The Legal Aid Society of Orange County hosts the Small Claims Advisory Program for the County of Orange. For more information, please visit or
Ondansetron, a powerful anti-nausea drug, is currently manufactured by multinational pharmaceutical conglomerate GlaxoSmithKline. Marketed under the brand name Zofran, this drug has been approved by the US Food & Drug Administration since 1991 for the treatment of severe nausea and vomiting. But the FDA has limited Zofran’s indication strictly to patients receiving cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and irradiation, as well as those undergoing surgical anesthesia.

But the 90s also saw Zofran become America’s bestselling treatment for morning sickness, the nausea and vomiting that normally arise during the first trimester of pregnancy. The drug’s success came despite the fact that Zofran’s effects on pregnant women and fetal development have never been studied. The FDA has not approved Zofran for use during pregnancy, and GlaxoSmithKline has presented no evidence of the medication’s safety for unborn children.

In 2012, the US Department of Justice brought multiple civil and criminal charges against GlaxoSmithKline, including an allegation that the company had fraudulently marketed Zofran directly to obstetricians and gynecologists as a “safe” treatment for morning sickness. While GlaxoSmithKline continues to deny all claims of illegal activity, the company settled its case with the Department of Justice for billion. It remains the largest single settlement for allegations of health care fraud in US history.

Now, several large epidemiological studies have begun to establish an association between Zofran and severe birth defects, including cleft palate and congenital heart defects. In recent months, two women have already filed lawsuits, claiming that their children’s birth defects are the result of Zofran taken during the first trimester. The women allege that GlaxoSmithKline was well aware of Zofran’s potential dangers, but did nothing to warn the public. If these damning allegations prove true, women who took Zofran and then delivered babies with birth defects may be entitled to substantial compensation.

Led by Michael Monheit, managing partner of Monheit Law, a coalition of distinguished plaintiffs’ attorneys has begun investigating claims of birth defects that may have been caused by Zofran. Women who were prescribed Zofran, or generic ondansetron, and gave birth to children with congenital defects can learn more by calling (877) 620 – 8411 or visiting
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7 thoughts on “Filing A Case in Small Claims Courts”

  1. I have been using 'no to morning sickness tea" with both my pregnancies and never thought of using any drugs. This is an herbal supplement which has no side effects like zofran.

  2. Has anyone won a case in regards to this case yet I was given zofran while pregnant as while nd my daughter was born with to holes in her heart and passed away at 4 months old

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