Hundreds of Actos lawsuits have now been filed in the Actos MDL, which is pending in the Western District of Louisiana. Andy Birchfield, Section Head of our firm’s Mass Torts Section, has been appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (PSC) for this litigation. The PSC is charged with overseeing how the Actos litigation progresses through the MDL/federal court system.
We are pleased with how the Actos litigation has advanced to date. The U.S. District Judge Honorable Rebecca F. Doherty is innovative and open to new ideas and procedures. At the outset of the litigation, Judge Doherty involved numerous special masters to handle various aspects of the litigation. The special masters have already worked behind the scenes with both sides to quickly and efficiently reach agreements on complex procedural and legal issues.
Judge Doherty has invited lawyers to file bundled complaints, complaints that can include unlimited numbers of individual Plaintiffs in each complaint, with only one filing fee to be paid per complaint. The Clerk’s Office will separate the individual claims and assign individual case numbers after the complaint is filed. This will prove to be a significant financial benefit to the attorneys filing cases in this litigation and their clients.
The PSC has successfully negotiated with Takeda for a short and simple Plaintiff Fact Sheet. For those that are not involved in MDL litigation, the Plaintiff Fact Sheet must be completed by every Plaintiff filing a claim, usually within 30 to 45 days following the filing of a complaint. The Plaintiff Fact Sheet is oftentimes the only written discovery allowed.
The PSC is also making significant progress in retaining numerous, top-notch, world-renowned medical experts. Lawyers in our Mass Torts Section continue to investigate and file claims on behalf of numerous individuals who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer following long-term exposure to Actos. Contact Roger Smith, a lawyer in the Section, or April Worley, his legal assistant, if you have a claim you would like for us to review or if you have any questions regarding the Actos litigation. You can reach them at 800-898-2034 or by email at Roger.Smith@beasleyallen.com or April.Worley@beasleyallen.com.
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