15 Feb Takeda Loses 5th Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit with $3.6M Verdict
The fifth Actos bladder cancer lawsuit to make its way through trial has resulted in another notable loss for Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. – and a huge victory for plaintiffs, as a Philadelphia jury has recently awarded the plaintiff in this case $3.6 million in damages.
This case, Kristufek v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc., Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, was sent to the jury for deliberation last week.
After a few days of deliberating, the jurors came back with a ruling in favor of the plaintiff, a former teacher who developed Actos bladder cancer, awarding him:
- $300,000 as compensation for his medical bills
- $2 million as compensation for his pain and suffering (related to his development of bladder cancer)
- $1.3 million in punitive damages, which were intended to punish Takeda for its “reckless indifference” in testing the safety of Actos before bringing it to market and failing to warn the public about the serious risks associated with Actos use.
What the Verdict in this Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit May Mean: The Big Picture
Given that this Actos bladder cancer lawsuit is still among the handful of the initial cases to go through trial, the verdict in this case could end up having a far bigger impact on the ongoing Actos bladder cancer litigation still pending against Takeda. In fact, to give you some perspective on the nature of the ongoing Actos bladder cancer litigation, there are still:
- About 3,500 Actos bladder cancer lawsuits pending in the Louisiana-based multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2299), where these cases have been consolidated to facilitate the pre-trial proceedings
- About 4,500 more Actos bladder cancer lawsuits pending in state courts throughout the U.S.
While the next Actos bladder cancer lawsuit that Takeda will face in court is scheduled to get underway in March, it will in interesting to see if the strong possibility of punitive damages may end up driving Takeda to try to settle some – if not the majority – of these pending cases prior to trial.
As more news about this ongoing litigation becomes available, we’ll bring you the latest details here.
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