1981 DES Case: Mizell v. Eli Lilly & Co.


These actions arise out of the alleged use of the drug diethylstilbestrol (hereinafter DES) by Virginia McGuire while pregnant with Stacey McGuire Mizell in 1954. DES is a synthetic non-steroidal estrogen which was prescribed for use by pregnant women who had a history of miscarriages. At the time that she took this medication in 1954, Virginia McGuire was a resident of Santa Clara, California.

MIZELL v. ELI LILLY & CO., Leagle, decision/19811115526FSupp589_11020, February 5, 1981.

The plaintiffs, Carl E. Mizell and Stacey McGuire Mizell, were married in 1975 in California.

In 1976, twenty years after her birth, plaintiff Stacey Mizell allegedly learned that she had developed cancer. The alleged cancerous condition of Stacey Mizell was first diagnosed in February 1976 by Dr. William Singleton at Travis Air Force Base in California. On June 9, 1980, the plaintiffs filed this action in federal district court in Charleston, South Carolina.

The plaintiffs have failed to identify the manufacturer of the particular brand of DES taken by Mrs. McGuire. Rather, the action is brought against the six named pharmaceutical corporations which allegedly manufactured and distributed DES in California during this period. ” …

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