Miami, FL (PRWEB) May 23, 2013
Although designed to treat Type 2 diabetes, some medications have been involved recently in diabetes drug lawsuits. LawyersandSettlements.com, the nation’s premier publication for online legal news and information, has been at the forefront reporting on diabetes drug legal issues since 2007--and most recently reported on the current status of several diabetes drug lawsuits in an interview with attorney Ben Stewart, of Stewart Law PLLC. According to Stewart, there are currently diabetes drug lawsuits alleging Actos, Januvia and Byetta side effects that have been filed by plaintiffs who claim they were harmed by their use of the drugs--and each of these lawsuits is in a different stage of the litigation process.
Byetta and Januvia Lawsuit Update
While the first Byetta lawsuit (Case No. 37-2008-00090003-CU-PL-CTL) was filed in 2008 in San Diego Superior Court on behalf of a Virginia man who alleged Eli Lilly & Co., manufacturer of Byetta, failed to adequately test and monitor Byetta side effects, on April 5, 2013, a motion was filed with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) to centralize 53 federal cases involving Byetta, Januvia, Janumet or Victoza before one judge (In Re: Incretin Mimetics Product Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2452, JPMDL).
“Byetta lawsuits have been going on for several years in California state courts,” Stewart says. “They are currently trying Byetta cancer cases involving thyroid and pancreatic cancer, but there is no conclusion to those cases that I’m aware of. Lawsuits alleging pancreatitis linked to Byetta have been settled in California. Meanwhile, Januvia cases are currently just being filed. Januvia litigation has not moved very far through the court system yet, although we anticipate it will be assembled into a multidistrict litigation, which would consolidate discovery outside of California.”
Actos Lawsuit Update
“The first Actos cases are on the verge of being tried in Chicago as bellwether cases,” Stewart says. “Shortly thereafter, we expect cases to be tried in California state courts.” As of April 1st there were 1,349 Actos cases within the Actos Multi-District Litigation (US District Court, Western District of Louisiana, MDL 2299, IN RE: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation).
"Actos lawsuits alleging bladder cancer are currently broken into two different actions," according to Stewart. "The first is a multidistrict litigation in Louisiana, where discovery is ongoing. The second action is in California and was originally filed in state court for California residents. After litigation started, however, non-domestic cases--meaning those in which plaintiffs lived in other states--were allowed to be included in the action."
Stewart goes on to mention that, "Although plaintiffs can still join any of the lawsuits alleging various types of cancer associated with the diabetes drugs, in the case of Actos, the statute of limitations could be rapidly closing."
LawyersandSettlements.com has reported on the legal issues involving alleged diabetes drug side effects since 2007. As a result, the legal news website has become a trusted and valuable resource for its readership who are not only seeking lawsuit information but also legal help. The website will continue to provide updates on diabetes drug litigation as current cases progress through the legal system.
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