Ozempic Lawsuit: Everything You Need To Know In 2024

Rae Fitzgerald


Reviewed By Adam Ramirez, J.D.


Ozempic has been in the news recently as a popular anti-obesity drug.

But it has also made news for potentially dangerous side effects such as gallbladder disease and gastroparesis, a weakening of the stomach that can lead to stomach pain and vomiting. Ozempic lawsuits have begun springing up around the country.

Stomach pain and vomiting are just two of several serious symptoms. Other symptoms include potentially fatal issues like intestinal blockages and other severe health problems.

Many of those suing the manufacturer of Ozempic are saying they weren’t adequately warned about the risks they would face.

Should you choose to pursue legal action due to harm caused by Ozempic use, we can connect you with an experienced attorney.

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What Is the Ozempic Class Action Lawsuit?

There is no Ozempic class action lawsuit — yet.

As of February 2024, the only lawsuits filed against the manufacturer of Ozempic have been individual lawsuits rather than class action lawsuits

These Ozempic lawsuits allege that the drug can cause severe gastroparesis, ileus, and intestinal blockage. And that the drug's manufacturers failed to warn of this risk.

The first Ozempic lawsuit, related to stomach paralysis, was filed on Aug. 2, 2023. By Feb. 2, 2024, at least 55 lawsuits had been combined into a multidistrict litigation to streamline proceedings and prevent conflicting rulings from different judges​.

The lawsuits against Ozempic, a medication widely used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and, more recently, as an off-label weight loss treatment, claim that it can cause serious gastrointestinal conditions.

Plaintiffs argue that Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Ozempic, didn’t adequately warn patients and healthcare providers about these potential risks.

How the Ozempic MDL Works

In February 2024, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that all current Ozempic lawsuits in federal court be centralized in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. There are already 13 lawsuits (of the 55 known cases) in this district and before U.S. District Judge Gene E. K. Pratter.

This order will create a multidistrict litigation (or MDL). Though similar to a class action, MDLs resolve each claim individually while streamlining judicial rulings and discovery. It manages lawsuits that share common factual questions. The aim is to streamline the pretrial process, reduce the burden on the court system, and prevent conflicting rulings from different judges.

Class actions, on the other hand, combine all claims into a single case to be resolved together.

The consolidation of these cases into an MDL does not imply a collective lawsuit or Ozempic class action lawsuit. Instead, each case remains individual but benefits from the coordinated pretrial proceedings.

Ozempic Cases On The Rise

These lawsuits, and the resulting MDL, illustrate growing concerns over Ozempic — particularly its impact on gastrointestinal health.

As the litigation progresses and Ozempic becomes ever more popular as a weight loss drug, it may lead to significant legal liabilities for Novo Nordisk.

An experienced attorney can help you understand your legal options after Ozempic has harmed you. Contact ConsumerShield for help finding the right attorney for your situation.

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Ozempic Symptoms

The Ozempic lawsuits allege the drug causes severe gastroparesis, ileus, and intestinal blockage.

Here's a detailed look at the symptoms associated with each of these conditions:


Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (called motility) in your stomach. It leads to delayed emptying of food from the stomach into the small intestine.

Symptoms of Ozempic-induced gastroparesis can include the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting. Vomit may contain undigested food.
  • Feeling full early when eating. This is known as early satiety.
  • Abdominal bloating. The stomach may visibly expand (distend).
  • Abdominal pain. Discomfort or pain can be widespread or localized.
  • Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux. This can cause a burning sensation in the chest.
  • Changes in blood sugar levels. Difficulty in managing diabetes.
  • Lack of appetite. Leading to weight loss and malnutrition over time.


Ileus refers to the temporary and often painful cessation of the normal contractions of the bowel. It leads to a buildup of intestinal contents and potential blockage.

Symptoms of ileus due to Ozempic use can include the following:

  • Abdominal distention. Swelling or enlargement of the abdomen.
  • Pain and cramping. Often spread out and not localized to one specific area.
  • Nausea and vomiting. Vomiting may include bile or fecal matter in severe cases.
  • Inability to pass stool or gas. Signifying a blockage in the intestines.
  • Lack of appetite. Due to discomfort and swelling.

Intestinal Blockage

Intestinal blockage — also called bowel obstruction — occurs when something blocks the intestines, preventing the normal passage of contents through the digestive tract.

Symptoms of intestinal blockage linked to Ozempic can include the following:

  • Severe abdominal pain. Can be cramping or steady.
  • Vomiting. May include vomiting of food, fluid, bile, or, in severe cases, fecal matter.
  • Abdominal distension. Significant swelling of the abdomen.
  • Constipation or inability to pass gas. Indicative of a blockage.
  • Diarrhea. If partial obstruction allows some liquid to pass.
  • Rapid heart rate and dehydration. Due to loss of fluids from vomiting and inability to consume water.

All of these symptoms can be severe and debilitating. Each can impact your quality of life and overall health.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, especially after taking Ozempic, seek medical attention promptly to diagnose and treat any underlying conditions.

And consider your legal options by contacting ConsumerShield.

Ozempic Settlements: How You Can Be Compensated

What kind of compensation are Ozempic plaintiffs pursuing? The specifics will depend on the nature and extent of the injuries you suffered because of Ozempic.

Common categories of damages sought in Ozempic settlements include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Legal fees and costs
  • Loss of consortium

Ready to seek compensation? ConsumerShield is ready to connect you with a lawyer who can help.

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