May 21, 2012 — The Multi-District Litigation (MDL) against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Actos, will be expedited. Judge Rebecca Doherty has signed an order that will allow all new Actos lawsuits to be filed into the MDL directly, instead of going through the local court system and then being transferred into the federal court. Hopefully, this means that people who were injured by Actos will see compensation, justice, and resolution as quickly as possible.
The MDL is currently moving forward, but you may still have time to file an Actos injury lawsuit if you were harmed by this medication. Actos (pioglitazone) is a new type of Type-2 diabetes medication that has been linked to a 40% increased risk of bladder cancer. Studies have also linked Actos to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, and death.
The Actos injury lawyers at The Clark Firm, LLP are concerned about the growing numbers of people who have suffered from these severe side effects. If you or someone you know was injured by Actos, contact us immediately for more information about your legal rights.
It is important to hire an attorney who has experience with the MDL process. An MDL is not a class action lawsuit. In an MDL, each person’s lawsuit remains independent. However, because there may be up to 10,000 Actos lawsuits, officials decided to streamline the process by consolidating them before one federal judge in a special multi-district court in Louisiana. Further along in the MDL process, “bellwether” cases will be selected, and the issues that are decided in these cases will serve as a precedent for deciding the other cases. Pre-trial proceedings and the discovery process are also streamlined, which expedites the process.
If you were injured by Actos, you may still have time to file an Actos lawsuit and join the MDL. Many people are seeking financial compensation for injuries including bladder cancer, heart disease, and more.
Many global health authorities have already issued warnings regarding the risks of Actos. In June of 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about the results of several studies, which found increased risks of bladder cancer and heart disease. In response to the studies, French and German health authorities banned sales of Actos. Canadian health authorities have required the manufacturers of Actos to place strong warnings on the labels of the drug.
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