Actos Lawsuit Center
A federal jury awarded $9 billion to an Actos patient who developed bladder cancer and found that the manufacturer concealed the drug’s significant risks. The jury award in early April 2014 is the largest of its kind in the type 2 diabetes cancer cases.
Thousands of other injured patients have joined a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Louisiana or mass torts in Illinois and California. The medication is still being prescribed. Experts say Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the inventor and manufacturer of the drug, could face up to 10,000 lawsuits in the United States alone. Many of these cases are beginning trial proceedings.
Experts say that Takeda knew that those taking the medication were at high risk for bladder cancer. Instead of pulling the drug, the company continued to aggressively market it.
In 2006, a study showed that those taking the drug for longer than a year have a 40 percent increased chance of bladder cancer. Regulators in France and Germany pulled the medication from the shelves. U.S. drug regulators changed the drug’s label to include a bladder-cancer warning.
In addition to bladder cancer, the medication is known to cause congestive heart failure in patients both with and without pre-existing heart conditions. It’s also linked to random broken bones and severe liver problems.
Actos Class Action Lawsuits
Actos MDL and mass torts allow injured patients to seek financial remedies. Both MDLs and mass torts are considered better than class actions in this case because they allow injured patients to recoup larger settlements. In MDLs and mass torts, victims join together for the purposes of some legal proceedings, including discovery, but have their cases heard separately.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed in federal MDL and state mass torts in Louisiana, New Jersey and California. In addition to the $9 billion jury award, a California jury awarded an Actos patient $6.5 million and a Maryland jury awarded a patient’s family $1.7 million. Both verdicts were overturned.
Choosing the Right Attorney
For those who have been injured by the drug or who have family members who were injured, it’s important to find an attorney who will represent individual needs. The Actos litigation involves complex medical information that should be handled by an expert with a strong grasp of the law and medicine. It is important to find an attorney who has a national reputation as a legal heavyweight and can guide injured patients and their families through this legal maze.
Bladder Cancer Settlements
In the coming months, Takeda and plaintiff attorneys may begin settlement talks. In large-scale personal-injury litigations, such as this one, injured patients often receive sizeable financial sums in lieu of trials. This allows the injured patients to get the monetary compensation necessary for advanced medical treatments and household expenses. It is important that injured patients secure their spot in any Actos litigation as soon as possible. This will allow for greater settlements based on the extent of injuries.