Legal Articles

Since the early 1970s, Dr. Peter Breggin has been active as a medical expert in malpractice and product liability suits, as well as criminal cases in which psychiatric or psychoactive drugs have contributed to abnormal behavior. He has also testified in cases involving involuntary treatment, electroshock treatment, and psychosurgery. He has testified more than 70 times in court.

In the 1990s, Dr. Breggin was chosen to be the medical and scientific expert for nearly 200 combined Prozac product liability suits against Eli Lilly and Company. This resulted in his testifying in the infamous Wesbecker case in which the manufacturer, Eli Lilly, fixed the trial. Link. Later Dr. Breggin would become an expert in many other product liability suits involving antidepressants, stimulants, tranquilizers and antipsychotic drugs, nearly all of which were settled. As an expert in these product liability suits, the courts have empowered Dr. Breggin to examine secret company records concerning the development and marketing of their drugs. This unique experience of looking inside otherwise hidden drug company files has provided him a unique source of information and a special understanding of drug company activities that he has used in his legal work and documented in many publications, including Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry (2008) and Medication Madness (2008).

Among his proudest achievements, in the early 1970s Dr. Breggin was the medical expert in the famous Kaimowitz case that stopped lobotomy and psychosurgery in America’s state mental hospitals. LINK More recently he was the psychiatric expert in a psychosurgery case against the Cleveland Clinic that resulted in a huge verdict for the injured woman and caused the clinic to stop doing any further psychosurgery. LINK Dr. Breggin was also the medical expert in the only electroshock malpractice suit to be won by the plaintiffs. LINK.

Some of Dr. Breggin’s most successful legal work has involved testimony in tardive dyskinesia malpractice suits involving this usually irreversible abnormal movement disorder commonly caused by antipsychotic or neuroleptic drugs. In all but one of the many TD trials in which he has participated in the United States and Canada, the injured patient has won a favorable verdict. The one exception ended in a hung jury. He has also been involved in tardive dyskinesia cases with multi-million dollar settlements without going to trial in both the United States and Canada.

Dr. Breggin continues with both his clinical practice and his medical expert work.

Suppressed Paxil suicide data released

Suppressed Paxil Suicide Data Released Expert Calls for Drug Companies to Publish Safety and Efficacy Data February 27, 2006, Ithaca, New York   Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry (EHPP) has published an excerpt from a previously sealed product liability report against Glaxo SmithKline (GSK). The medical expert report documents how the company systematically hid and […]

Read More

Paxil suicide product liability case resolved

Paxil Product Liability Suit Resolved   A man with no previous history of violence or suicide drowned himself and his two children in a bathtub after taking two doses of Paxil. Paxil is an antidepressant of the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) class, which also includes Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa and Luvox.   Psychiatrist Peter R. […]

Read More

Lacuzong v. GlaxoSmithKline

Lacuzong product liability case against GlaxoSmithKline (makers of Paxil®) The suit Lacuzong v. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was brought by the widow of a man who drowned their two children and himself in a tub after taking Paxil for three days. The case was “resolved” to the satisfaction of the family; the drug company denied and continues […]

Read More

An Examination of Eli Lilly and Company’s Contentions that the BMJ Prozac Documents were Never Missing and Have No Significance

A report by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) recently received a series of in-house Eli Lilly documents concerning Prozac from an anonymous source. The BMJ then forwarded the documents to other authorities, including Congressman Maurice Hinchey and the FDA. Congressman Hinchey then distributed the documents to other individuals and organizations, including […]

Read More

Dr. Breggin Medical Expert in First Ever Electroshock Malpractice Victory

Jury Awards $635,000 in ECT Malpractice Case Appeals Court Affirms Dr. Breggin’s Testimony In June 2005 in Columbia, South Carolina, a jury awarded $635,000 in a malpractice suit against a psychiatrist who referred a patient for electroshock treatment. The hospital had previously settled for a small amount and the doctor who administered the treatment was […]

Read More

Eli Lily Zyprexa diabetes cases

Eli Lilly Settles Zyprexa/Diabetes Cases for $690 Million On June 15, 2005, Eli Lilly & Co., the manufacturer of the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa, settled an estimated 8,000 lawsuits pending in the United States concerning its alleged failure to warn about the risk of Zyprexa causing diabetes. The company agreed to pay $690 million but denied […]

Read More

Wesbecker– Prozac Product Liability Suits

Wesbecker (Fentress) product liability case against Eli Lilly (makers of Prozac®)   In the early 1990s Dr. Breggin was selected to be the scientific and medical expert for all of the more than 100 combined Prozac-related cases brought against the manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Company (makers of Prozac®). Dr. Breggin was asked to evaluate for […]

Read More

Involuntary Intoxication Suit

Assault Charges Dismissed on Grounds of Involuntary Intoxication with Psychiatric Drugs   A twenty-five year old Virginia man, charged with assault against the police, was acquitted today on the grounds of involuntary intoxication with psychiatric drugs. Dr. Peter Breggin testified that the patient’s seven prescribed psychiatric medications produced an intoxication that would have impaired anyone’s […]

Read More

$2 million Award in Tardive Dyskinesia Case

Jury Awards $1.3 Million in Tardive Dyskinesia Case Appeals Court Raises Award to $2 Million Dr. Breggin Testified for the Plaintiff A tardive dyskinesia malpractice case in Baton Rouge, Louisiana resulted in a jury award of more than $1.3 million dollars on March 14, 1997.  The case was appealed by the defendants but in a […]

Read More