New York, New York (PRWEB) June 01, 2014
Thousands of Actos lawsuits (http://www.theactoslawsuitcenter.com/) that allege the use of the Type 2 diabetes medication can increase the risk that a patient will develop bladder cancer continue to move forward in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana. On May 23, the Court issued an Order reappointing the litigation’s Special Master and Deputy Special Masters, who collectively are responsible for overseeing all aspects of case management, including the claims process, discovery, experts, legal issues, bellwether trial matters, and settlement negotiations. The Order points out that the Special Master and Deputy Masters were originally appointed in April 2012, and have been “extraordinarily helpful to this Court and the parties, yielding palpable benefits and cost savings.” (In re: Actos Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2299)
“As the Court’s Order indicates, the federal Actos litigation has grown considerably since it was established in December 2011. Our Firm continues to receive inquiries from individuals who allegedly developed bladder cancer due to Actos, and we are pleased to see this proceeding moving forward,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal evaluations to individuals who were treated with Actos for a year or more, and who allegedly went on to develop bladder cancer due to their use of the drug.
Actos Bladder Cancer Allegations
According to court documents, more than 3,000 Actos bladder cancer claims are now pending in the Western District of Louisiana. All of the lawsuits allege that Takeda Pharmaceuticals and other defendants concealed data linking the use of Actos to the development of bladder cancer, and failed to provide patients and doctors with adequate warnings about this risk.
Court filings indicate that the federal litigation completed its first trial of an Actos lawsuit in April. The case ended with a jury awarding the plaintiff $1.475 million in compensatory damages, along with $9 billion in punitive damages. (Allen v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc., 12-cv-00064).
Court records show that the Actos bladder cancer litigation has been mounting since June 2011, when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration warned that use of the medication for more than 1 year was associated with a doubling of the risk of bladder cancer. It was then that new information was added to the Actos label regarding this potential side effect.
Individuals who allegedly developed bladder cancer due to their long-term use of Actos may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages. To find out more about Actos lawsuits, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For additional information, please call 800-511-5092 today.
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