Actos lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who developed bladder cancer linked to use of the Type 2 diabetes drug continue to move forward in a multi-district litigation (MDL) underway in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana. The first Bellwether trial in the MDL is scheduled to begin Jan. 27, 2014.
In June 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that use of Actos for more than a year had been linked to a doubling of the risk of developing bladder cancer. Since then, more than 2,500 Actos lawsuits involving bladder cancer allegations have been filed in the Louisiana federal court.
More than 3,000 cases are also pending in Cook County, Ill. Two lawsuits over Actos bladder cancer claims have gone to trial. In September 2013, the second Actos lawsuit trial concluded in Maryland State Court with $1.7 million being awarded to the family of a man who died of bladder cancer. But the trial court in that case set aside the verdict in accordance with Maryland law because the jury also found that the decedent’s decades-long smoking habit contributed to the development of the disease.
The first trial of an Actos lawsuit concluded in April 2013 in Los Angeles Superior Court. The jury in that case awarded $6.5 million to a Plaintiff who was diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos for four years. But Takeda Pharmaceuticals’ request to set aside the verdict was granted. The Plaintiff has appealed the decision. The juries in the cases tried thus far believed the evidence presented by the Plaintiffs on both causation and liability.
Our firm has an Actos case set for trial in April 2014. Andy Birchfield, who heads up our firm’s Mass Torts Section, was appointed by Judge Doherty to the Plaintiff Steering Committee in the Actos MDL in Louisiana. Andy and Roger Smith, another lawyer in the section, have been heavily involved in the Actos litigation. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of this litigation, or if you would like for us to review a potential claim, contact either Andy or Roger at 800-898-2034 or by email at Andy.Birchfield@beasleyallen.com or Roger.Smith@beasleyallen.com.
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