Number of Actos Lawsuits Continues to Surge

Hundreds of new lawsuits against the manufacturer and the distributor of Actos continue to be filed each month. The number of federal lawsuits has grown to more than 3,700 cases, according to the most recent report of the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

Actos (pioglitazone) is prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes. However, the drug has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. Defendants in the cases, Takeda Pharmaceutical, the Japanese manufacturer of the drug, and Eli Lilly & Co., Takeda’s U.S. marketing partner, are also accused of concealing information about the cancer risk and of destroying files sought in the federal cases.

Federal Actos cases have been consolidated before Judge Rebecca Doherty in the Western District of Louisiana. On Aug. 15, a total of 3,672 cases were pending and 3,765 had been filed, according to the Judicial Panel’s monthly statistical report. Four months ago, the total was about 3,000.

A $9 billion jury award in April for punitive damages against Takeda and Lilly has brought considerable attention to Actos litigation. That suit, filed by Plaintiffs Terrence and Susan Allen, was the first federal Actos case to go to trial. It is one of the ten largest jury awards in U.S. history, and the largest ever against a pharmaceutical company. Takeda has filed a motion for a new trial in the Allen case.

A second bellwether trial for the Actos MDL has not yet been scheduled.

In addition to the thousands of federal petitions, Takeda faces thousands more at the state level in Illinois and California. More than 3,300 cases are pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Takeda’s U.S. subsidiary is based in Deerfield. The first trial is targeted for April 2015. Several more lawsuits are pending in Los Angeles Superior Court.

For more information about Actos litigation, see our webpage: “Actos Linked to Bladder Cancer.”

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after using Actos, contact Hasbrook & Hasbrook for a free consultation about your legal rights. You may contact us by telephone (866-416-4737), email (cth@hasbrooklaw.com) or use our website contact form: Contact Us.