Alleged Tylenol Liver Failure Lawsuits Update from Resource4thePeople: Judge Selected to Oversee Cases

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Pennsylvania judge will coordinate numerous lawsuits alleging liver damage from Tylenol products in newly created multidistrict litigation. Consolidation of cases will not affect ability of consumers to seek free consultations from Resource4thePeople attorneys investigating such cases.

Resource4thePeople today updates the status of numerous lawsuits alleging links between Tylenol products and liver cancer with the news of the selection of a federal judge to oversee consolidated federal Tylenol cases.

U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Stengel of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has been chosen to preside over a multidistrict litigation that has been created for Tylenol cases involving common allegations involving liver failure problems.*

"This is an important development for consumers who may have suffered alleged liver failure problems from the use of Tylenol and other acetaminophen pain-killers because there will now be a single judge overseeing pre-trial evidence-gathering," said Resource4thePeople.

"We want to assure consumers that the fact that these cases have been consolidated our national network of attorneys will continue to provide no-cost consultations for consumers seeking information about the legal options they may have in seeking compensation for alleged Tylenol liver failure problems."

In addition to overseeing pre-trial evidence-gathering, Judge Stengel also will preside over legal filings, disputes and settlement talks in the litigation.

Resource4thePeople will continue to update consumers about the progress of this litigation as new developments are posted. As of today no trial dates have been set in the litigation.

Reuters News Service provided an overview of the most recent developments* in the litigation in an April 5, 2013 update:

"A group of drugmakers have lost their bid to prevent the consolidation in federal court of over two dozen personal injury cases involving the painkiller acetaminophen, the latest such defeat for pharmaceuticals seeking to bar the formation of a multidistrict litigation.
"Drugmakers McNeil/Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and L. Perrigo Co had argued that 27 lawsuits claiming that ingesting acetaminophen can cause liver injury lacked sufficient commonality to merit MDL status."

In rejecting the drugmakers' arguments, the United States Judicial Panel for Multidistrict litigation approved a petition by plaintiffs filed these lawsuits and consolidated the cases before a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.**

The cases have been consolidated under the new case number: In Re Tylenol MDL2436 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Here is part of the ruling from the judicial panel explaining the decision:**

"On the basis of the papers filed and hearing session held, we find that the actions listed on Schedule A involve common questions of fact, and that centralization in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation.

"As stated above, the actions all involve allegations that ingesting acetaminophen– specifically, OTC Tylenol in its various forms – can cause liver injury. The actions share factual issues concerning the design, manufacture, labeling, marketing, and sale of Tylenol.
Centralization will eliminate duplicative discovery, prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings (on Daubert issues and other matters), and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel, and the judiciary."

Resource4thePeople has discovered that many of the consumers who have made inquiries were unfamiliar with some of the possible side effects from Tylenol products that could cause liver damage or failure. These are now being detailed on the Tylenol official web site.***

Included in these details is the warning: “It is important to be aware of the ingredients I all medications that you may be taking. Acetaminophen (APAP) is a common component of many different over-the-counter and prescription medications. You should not take two or more products that contain acetaminophen at the same time. Taking more than the recommended dose (overdose) of acetaminophen may cause liver damage.”

Resource4thePeople also is informing consumers inquiring about Tylenol claims about a health update**** issued by the Food and Drug Administration that warns about liver damage due to large doses of the medication, using it with other acetaminophen-based medications or with alcohol or other drugs.

The FDA cites the dangers of liver damage or failure, kidney failure or heart problems, seizures, and death.

“These are serious health issues that -- because of the huge popularity of these drugs -- are causing widespread concern among consumers,” said Resource4thePeople “Our attorneys are now actively investigating the concerns and claims that are being alleged in increasing numbers by consumers concerned about side effects.”

“The creation of a multidistrict litigation is an important milestone in the progress of a growing number of lawsuits claiming that the use of Tylenol and other acetaminophen-based pain-killers can put patients at significantly increased risk of suffering life-threatening liver damage,” said Resource4thePeople.

“Resouce4thePeople remains committed to providing updates about the progress of this litigation and is also providing complimentary legal consultations to individuals who may have suffered liver damage from Tylenol use. We welcome their inquiries and will investigate the merits of such cases.”

Attorneys for the plaintiffs requested that the 28 cases currently pending against McNeil PPC Inc., McNeil Consumer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson be coordinated and consolidated at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia.

“All of the products liability cases referenced by the plaintiffs’ lawyers allege that McNeil marketed and sold its over-the-counter Tylenol products in a manner that concealed the margin of risk of liver toxicity and liver failure,” according to the filings for the petition.*****

Resource4thePeople said that the consultations with Tylenol liver damage allegation attorneys can provide legal options to men, women and children who allegedly have suffered liver damage or failure due to their use of Tylenol and other products containing the ingredient acetaminophen.

Legal assistance also is available to those who may have lost a loved one and may be seeking information about the facts involved in a wrongful death.


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