Lawsuits are continuing to be filed for Plaintiffs that allege the use of Lipitor caused patients to develop new-onset Type 2 diabetes. Recently 36 Lipitor lawsuits filed in West Virginia State Court were transferred to U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. There have been several filings in the U. S. District Courts throughout the State of Alabama. It’s difficult to determine how many lawsuits have been filed to date, but we estimate the number to currently be as many as 170 filings in both State and Federal Courts. We believe the filings will continue to increase at a fairly rapid rate.
In 2012, the FDA asked Pfizer, Inc. and other statin manufacturers to add new warnings to their label regarding an increased risk of new-onset diabetes in patients who took the cholesterol-lowering statins. Plaintiffs in the federal Lipitor lawsuits have filed a second request with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation seeking the transfer of all federally filed claims involving similar allegations to a single federal court for pretrial proceedings. If their request is granted, all pending and future lawsuits involving Lipitor and diabetes could be transferred to that proceeding. Plaintiffs have proposed that the federal Lipitor litigation be established in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, where at least 14 Lipitor lawsuits are pending.
A number of similar Lipitor lawsuits have been consolidated in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, for the purposes of discovery and other pretrial proceedings. Our firm is currently investigating Lipitor claims. If you have questions, contact Frank Woodson or Matt Munson, lawyers in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-2034 or Frank.Woodson@beasleyallen.com or Matt.Munson@beasleyallen.com.
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