08 Feb Outcome of First Actos Bellwether Case Critical for Future Litigation
In the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, the first Actos bellwether case is currently being litigated, with Judge Rebecca F. Doherty presiding over the proceedings (In Re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2299)). Actos is a prescription drug produced by Takeda for the treatment of Type-2 diabetes. Despite being effective at helping some Type-2 diabetes patients control their blood sugar levels, Actos has reportedly been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer, especially when patients take this drug longer for one year.
As this Actos bellwether case continues through the trial process, plaintiffs’ attorneys who have filed Actos lawsuits on behalf of injured patients throughout the U.S. and are currently awaiting trial will be closely watching:
- How Judge Doherty rules on various aspects and issues of the case
- How the jury ultimately rules on the case
- The amount of compensatory and punitive damages ultimately awarded (if the verdict comes down in favor of the plaintiff).
Bellwether cases like this one are crucial for setting the stage for future litigation, and they are generally used as test cases to evaluate what litigants and lawyers in future lawsuits can expects. Currently, there are more than 2,700 additional Actos lawsuits filed against Takeda, according to court documents associated with this MDL.
Actos Dangers and Takeda’s Alleged Negligence
The Actos bellwether lawsuit, as well as the thousands of other cases that have already been filed against Takeda, all generally allege that Takeda:
- Failed to sufficiently test the safety of Actos diabetes medication
- Knew or should have known about the serious health risks associated with the use of Actos
- Failed to properly warn diabetes patients and medical professionals about the serious risks that have been linked to the use of Actos diabetes medication.
If Judge Doherty and the jury in this first Actos bellwether case rule against Takeda and award the plaintiffs a significant settlement, Takeda will likely come up with a more comprehensive settlement offer to try to resolve the thousands of other pending Actos cases that it is currently facing.
Phoenix Dangerous Drug Lawyers
You have a choice in the lawyer you hire to handle your claim, and the choice you make can affect the compensation you receive. Make sure that your lawyer has the ability and experience to handle your case. If you have a history of taking the diabetes medication Actos and have, as a result, developed serious health complications – or if you have suffered from any type of personal injury and suspect that another party’s negligence or recklessness may be to blame, the Phoenix dangerous drug lawyers at the Law Office of Richard Langerman will fight to help you obtain the maximum possible compensation you deserve to cover your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills.
For more than 25 years, our attorneys have been representing clients and aggressively defending their rights both inside and outside of the courtroom against defense attorneys, corporate lawyers and insurance company agents alike. In addition to having extensive experience handling motor vehicle accident lawsuits, our attorneys are also skilled at overseeing product liability cases, insurance bad faith cases and various other types of personal injury cases.