Actos Judge Appointed in Multidistrict Litigation

Judge Jane L. Johnson of the Los Angeles County Superior Court has been appointed to preside over pretrial proceedings of the 22 California state court Actos lawsuits that have now been consolidated.

According to Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon, Judge Johnson “may exercise all the powers over each coordinated action of a judge of the court in which that action is pending.”

Superior Court Judge Carl J. West ruled that the cases be coordinated on January 4, stating that the cases “are complex cases within the meaning of California Rule of Court, Rule 3.400, and that this is an appropriate matter for coordination pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure sections 404 and 404.1 and California Rules of Court 3.501, et seq.”

Actos was released in 1999 by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Co.   That year, the FDA approved Actos for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.  In Actos lawsuits, plaintiffs and their dangerous drug lawyers claim that patients who took Actos for more than one year face a heightened risk of developing bladder cancer.  In these suits, the claim is made that the pharmaceutical companies were negligent in that they failed to inform the medical community and patients of this danger.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals was opposed to the movement to consolidate all California cases, informing the court on January 4 that it sought the removal of all California Actos lawsuits to the federal multidistrict litigation no proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.  Plaintiffs plan to oppose Takeda’s efforts, partially because the company is based in San Diego, California.  Judge West ruled that these cases remanded to federal courts will be included in the coordinated California Actos lawsuit.

Contact an Actos Lawyer

If you took Actos for one year or longer and subsequently developed bladder cancer, you may be able to collect compensation in an Actos dangerous drug lawsuit.  For more information on your rights, you may contact a medical product liability lawyer for a free legal consultation.

March 26, 2012 | Tags: Actos, Dangerous Drugs

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