Over 2,500 Cases Now Filed in Federal Actos Lawsuit Litigation; Case Management Conference Scheduled to Take Place on Thursday
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is actively investigating Actos lawsuit claims on behalf of individuals diagnosed with bladder cancer after long-term use of the diabetes medication.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2013
More than 2,500 Actos lawsuit (http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/actos/Actos-Lawsuit.html) claims alleging bladder cancer are now pending in a federal multidistrict litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.
According to a case list update issued October 17th by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), the number of lawsuits filed in the proceeding has reached 2,587. Plaintiffs involved in these cases similarly allege that long-term use of the diabetes medication, manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, can cause bladder cancer. The next Case Management Conference in the federal Actos lawsuit litigation is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 24th 2013 at 10:30 a.m. (In re: Actos Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2299)
“We are not at all surprised to see the number of Actos lawsuits grow in the federal proceeding, as our Firm regularly hears from diabetics who were diagnosed with bladder cancer after long-term use of the medication,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing individuals harmed by defective drugs and medical devices. Call the Firm’s toll-free number today to receive a free and confidential case evaluation of your potential Actos lawsuit.
Actos lawsuits currently pending in the Western District of Louisiana were filed after a June 2011 alert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about the drug’s association with bladder cancer. Specifically, Takeda Pharmaceuticals was ordered at that time to adjust its Actos labeling to include its potential to cause bladder cancer in diabetics who took the medication for 12 months or more.
Court records indicate that the federal Actos proceeding’s first trial is scheduled to begin in January. This is the first of more than 2,500 cases to head to trial over the diabetes drug, after being brought by plaintiffs who similarly allege that Takeda failed to adequately warn diabetics about the potential for its product to cause bladder cancer prior to the FDA warning in June 2011.
Before then, the company concealed knowledge of this risk, according to lawsuits.
Although federal Actos trials are just beginning, two cases involving the diabetes drug have already gone to trial at the state court level. In September 2013, the family of a man who died of bladder cancer after taking Actos for a long period of time was awarded $1.7 million by a jury in Maryland State Court. Soon after the verdict was reached, however, it was tossed by the judge who found that the patient had smoked for several decades prior to his death, which may have partially contributed to his bladder cancer. (An v. Nieberlein, 24-C12003565, Circuit Court for the City of Baltimore, State of Maryland)
A decision to rule in favor of the plaintiff in a state court-filed Actos lawsuit was set aside earlier this year in Los Angeles Superior Court after a jury awarded $6.5 to an individual who was diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos for four years. This verdict was then set aside by the judge overseeing the case; a decision the plaintiff is now appealing. (Cooper v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc., CGC-12-518535, California Superior Court)
Individuals who took the diabetes drug, Actos, and were diagnosed with bladder cancer after long-term use of the medication may be entitled to compensation for damages related to their alleged suffering. Learn more about the process of filing an Actos lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. You may also contact the firm directly at 800-511-5092 today.
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