SAN FRANCISCO – An Illinois man alleges that a pharmaceutical company knew that the use of a prescription drug was associated with melanoma but didn't disclose this to consumers.

Russell L. Kight filed a complaint on April 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Pfizer Inc. citing alleged breach of implied warranty, breach of express warranty, fraud, negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in April he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma on his ear. He alleges this was caused by his continued use of Viagra. The plaintiff holds Pfizer Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly knew about the harmful effects of Viagra when it tested sildenafil on rats. Despite knowing the harmful effects of the drug, the defendant allegedly chose to distribute it without providing any warnings and precaution on the drug's label.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all damages to be determined in trial, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Rachel B. Abrams and Meghan McCormick of Levin Simes LLP in San Francisco and Lisa Ann Gorshe and Michael K. Johnson of Johnson Becker PLLC in Minneapolis.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-01733-TEH

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