New York, New York (PRWEB) April 21, 2014
As testosterone treatment lawsuits (http://www.testosteronelawsuitcenter.com/ ) continue to mount against the manufacturers of AndroGel, Testim and other prescription low testosterone therapies, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a new motion has been filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) that seeks the creation of a consolidated proceeding for all federally-filed claims involving this class of medications. According to the April 11th motion, at least 50 testosterone lawsuits have been filed in federal courts around the country that allege the use of testosterone products caused men to suffer heart attacks, strokes, and other serious cardiovascular problems. The motion asserts that the consolidation of these cases before one judge in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, is appropriate because the lawsuits pose common questions of law and fact, and consolidation or coordination before one court will ensure efficient management of the litigation and avoid duplicative discovery. (In Re: Testosterone Products Liability Litigation, No. 42, JPML)
“Our Firm has heard from numerous men seeking to file testosterone lawsuits for heart problems they allegedly sustained due to their use of testosterone replacement therapy. The potential for a large number of filings involving these medications suggests that the establishment of a multidistrict litigation may be warranted,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal reviews to anyone who may have suffered serious heart attacks, strokes, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or other serious heart problems allegedly due to the use of prescription testosterone therapies.
According to the April 11th motion, prescription testosterone creams gels, pills, and injectables are approved to treat hypogonadism, or low testosterone levels, in men who suffer from the condition due to an underlying medical issue. Brand-name medications in this class include:*
On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was investigating potential heart risks associated with these drugs, after new research suggested that the use of testosterone increases the risk of heart attack, strokes, and death in men over 65-years-old, as well as in younger men with pre-existing heart disease.
Court records indicate that the JPML is already considering a petition to establish a multidistrict litigation for all federally-filed testosterone treatment lawsuits involving AndroGel. Plaintiffs have asked that those cases be transferred to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, where most of those claims are pending. The majority of product liability claims involving testosterone products have been filed on behalf of men who used AndroGel. (In Re: AndroGel Product Liability Litigation, No. 36, JPML)
In an Order dated April 14th, the JPML will hear Oral Arguments on the proposed AndroGel consolidation on May 29, 2014, when it convenes its next hearing session in Chicago. It is not clear if the JPML will hear arguments on the motion to consolidate all federal testosterone lawsuits during that session.
Patients who allegedly suffered heart attacks, strokes, dangerous blood clots, or other life-threatening heart problems due to low testosterone therapy may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about filing a testosterone treatment lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Free, no-obligation legal consultations can be obtained by calling 800-511-5092.
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