The first bellwether Actos lawsuit filed against Takeda, the manufacturer of this Type-2 diabetes medication, is currently underway in the Actos multidistrict litigation taking place in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (In Re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2299)). While jury selection and other pre-trial matters were completed in the last days of January, the first witness for the plaintiffs – Terrence Allen and his wife Susan Allen – took the stand on Monday February 3rd.
Bellwether cases like this one are important test cases that are closely watched by both other plaintiffs’ lawyers and the defendants’ attorneys to see how various matters of the case will likely be ruled on in future trials, as well as what can be expected in terms of jury rulings, monetary awards (both compensatory and possibly punitive damages), etc.
This bellwether Actos lawsuit, which is expected to last approximately six weeks, will be crucial in setting the stage for future cases.
Serious Actos Injuries Alleged by Actos Lawsuits
Currently, there are more than 2,700 Actos lawsuits filed against Takeda, and the Honorable Rebecca F. Doherty is presiding over federal Actos litigation. Like the bellwether Actos lawsuit currently underway, the thousands of other Actos lawsuits pending against Takeda all, in general, have similar allegations, which include that:
- The use of the diabetes drug Actos caused the plaintiffs to develop bladder cancer and/or other serious health complications.
- Takeda knew or should have known about the significant risks associated with the use of Actos diabetes medication.
- Takeda failed to warn diabetes patients and medical professionals about the serious risks associated with Actos.
One of the critical pieces of evidence that will be showcased during the bellwether Actos lawsuit is the fact that, in 2011, the FDA issued an official warning regarding the risk of developing bladder cancer when diabetes patients used this medication for more than 12 months.
St. Louis Dangerous Drug Lawyers
If you have developed bladder cancer or other serious health complications after taking Actos or any potentially dangerous drug, contact the St. Louis dangerous drug lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various areas of personal injury litigation, including dangerous drug and product liability lawsuits. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. One of our primary goals is to help accident victims secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses so they can focus on their recovery and moving on with their lives.