How To Pursue An Eli Lilly Lawsuit

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How to Pursue An Eli Lilly Lawsuit

Eli Lilly and Company is an American pharmaceutical company based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has offices in 18 countries, with products sold in 125 countries. Founded in 1876, Eli Lilly is known for mass-producing the polio vaccine and insulin.

Eli Lilly currently manufactures psychiatric medications, including Prozac, Dolophine, Cymbalta, and Zyprexa. Eli Lilly has encountered a fair share of controversy in relation to these particular drugs, with a Prozac study alleging that Eli Lilly failed to share that Prozac made patients agitated, gave them panic attacks, and caused aggression. The study also revealed that Eli Lilly had been aware of this, and chose not to share it with the public.


In addition, Eli Lilly faced criminal prosecution for failing to adhere to FDA guidance when selling Zyprexa, an anti-psychotic medication — targeting seniors suffering from dementia. Eli Lilly managed to earn itself the largest US criminal prosecution fine in its history, having to pay $1.415 billion dollars in a civil settlement. As a result, many have encountered issues with Eli Lilly and its ethics, marketing, and overall approach to pharmaceutical care.

If you’ve encountered any issues with Eli Lilly and Company or any products that have incurred damages, you may be entitled to compensation in Small Claims Court, a specialized branch of the judicial system allowing for restitution (monetary compensation) under $25,000. See more below!

Why Sue Eli Lilly?

Here is a list of drugs that have commonly been the subject of Eli Lilly Small Claims.

  • Actos: Marketed for diabetes, the company faced lawsuits alleging that this drug caused injuries like congestive heart failure and bladder cancer.
  • Byetta: Marketed for diabetes, the active ingredient, Exenatide, might have caused pancreatic inflammation and pancreatic cancer.
  • Zyprexa: Marketed as an antipsychotic for dementia and pediatric cases of psychosis, Eli Lilly was fined for failing to adhere to FDA approval, citing that only adults could use the drug for psychiatric reasons.
  • Prozac: Marketed for depression, Prozac is suspected of causing birth defects in pregnant women and increasing the risk of suicide within the first 6 weeks of use.
  • Symbyax: Marketed for depression, it is claimed that this drug caused birth defects like cleft lip and palate, anencephaly, clubfoot, and spina bifida.
  • Axiron: Marketed as a testosterone replacement, it has been linked to a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clot development, and death.
  • Cymbalta: Marketed as an antidepressant, this has been shown to cause severe withdrawal in some patients – some claims suggest false advertising by Eli Lilly.
  • Jardiance: Marketed as a Type-2 diabetes treatment, this medication has been linked to a risk of ketoacidosis, kidney disease, cardiac problems, and injuries to bodily extremities.

If you’ve incurred any damages as a result of using any drugs/products marketed or affiliated with Eli Lilly, you may be entitled to compensation in Small Claims Court. 

What to Consider Before You Sue?

Before you sue, consider the following. If these three details apply to your case, you are likely going to be successful in filing your legal case before a small claims court.

Do You Have A Valid Legal Case? Establish a burden of proof — were you injured by this company? Did you lose money as a result of these injuries?
Can You Sue This Company? Establish pre-filing requirements — you will have to prepare hearings and depositions.

Figure out the best method of alternative dispute resolution — is small claims the approach you want?

Have You Sent A Demand Letter? Send a letter that is typed, with clear contact information. State what happened, the attempts you’ve made for restitution, and what you are willing to accept; should they not comply, state your intention to file a lawsuit.

How to Sue in Small Claims Court?

Follow these four steps to sue Eli Lilly:

  1. File a Verified Complaint. Draft a document explaining your claim, cause of action, and purpose to the company you are suing.
  2. File a Civil Summons. You may need to complete a civil summons form, a document that can be found on many state courts’ websites. The summons will need to be signed (issued) by a lawyer, court clerk, or judge.
  3. Serve Eli Lilly. Typically, most individuals hire a non-affiliated person to serve the other group their papers.
  4. Appear in Court. You must go to and keep track of court appearances, the necessary paperwork required, and steps that you need to take to help the case progress.

How to Sue Eli Lilly with DoNotPay?

Suing Big-Pharma can feel hopeless. As a solution to this issue, DoNotPay provides an automated lawsuit generator that makes suing hassle-free! To file a lawsuit using DoNotPay, follow these simple steps:

  1. Log on to DoNotPay on any web browser and select “Sue Now”
  2. Enter the dollar amount that you are owed (this could be lost wages or even adequate compensation to cover injuries and medical bills)
  3. Select whether you’d like to receive a demand letter or court filing forms
  4. Describe your reason for filing the lawsuit, and submit any additional details (including your photo evidence)

That’s all! DoNotPay will generate a demand letter or court filing forms for you, and a copy of your demand letter will be mailed to Eli Lilly on your behalf!

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