Thousands of Actos Cases Advancing in Federal Court

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More than 2,500 federal lawsuits are now pending against Takeda Pharmaceutical in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The total has grown by more than one thousand cases in recent weeks.

The cases continue to advance, with a Case Management Conference held before Judge Rebecca F. Doherty yesterday. The first trial is set in January.

Actos (pioglitazone) is prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes. In the years since the drug received FDA approval in 1999, evidence has emerged that Actos may cause an increased risk of bladder cancer and other adverse health effects. In 2011 the FDA announced that data from a multi-year lab study showed that using Actos for more than one year is “associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.”

Plaintiffs in many of the federal lawsuits also claim that Takeda, based in Japan, knew about Actos’s cancer risk long before that information became public knowledge.

Thousands of federal cases from across the country have been consolidated in the Western Louisiana federal court. When numerous civil suits in multiple federal courts all target the same defendant(s) and raise similar issues “involving one or more common questions of fact,” the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has authority to combine those cases in one federal court. That is called Multidistrict Litigation (MDL).

Purpose of an MDL, of course, is to streamline the judicial process. Since all of the plaintiffs are seeking the same information from the same entities and individuals, the discovery process, including costly and time-consuming depositions, can be consolidated.

Just a few weeks ago, the number of federal Actos cases was about 1,500. However, a report issued last week by the MDL Judicial Panel now shows 2,587 pending actions in the “Actos products liability litigation.”

Several hundred additional lawsuits against Takeda are pending in some state courts, including Las Vegas and Chicago.

For more information about Actos and the possibility of legal action against Takeda Pharmaceutical, see our web page: Actos Linked to Bladder Cancer. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bladder cancer or you have experienced some other health problem after taking Actos, contact us for a free consultation about your legal rights.