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Last-Minute Maneuvering Underway Prior to Next Round of Xarelto Lawsuits

Last-Minute Maneuvering Underway Prior to Next Round of Xarelto Lawsuits March 11, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Philadelphia, PA: With three new bellwether Xarelto bleeding issue trials set to begin next month in Philadelphia, defendants Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. are pushing back against attempts by plaintiffs to amend the master complaint in the Xarelto mass tort. In spite of the fact defendants won the first three bellwether trials - and stood by while a multi-million dollar award to a plaintiff this past December was voided in post-trial motions - Bayer and Janssen nonetheless feel that an amended master complaint so close to trial would significantly prejudice them in their attempts to present a coherent defense.
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Xarelto Verdict for the Plaintiff Overturned in Bellwether Case

Xarelto Verdict for the Plaintiff Overturned in Bellwether Case February 11, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Philadelphia, PA: A jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff in a bellwether Xarelto lawsuit that was in danger of being overturned was, indeed tossed - but not for reasons that had been previously speculated.
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Xarelto Bellwether Score is 3-1 for the Defendants: MDL to Map out Strategy

Xarelto Bellwether Score is 3-1 for the Defendants: MDL to Map out Strategy January 7, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
New Orleans, LA:With three federal bellwether cases having gone to the defendant and a fourth in state court favoring the plaintiff, the judge heading up the 18,500 consolidated cases in federal court has signaled he is looking for guidance from the various parties involved, with oral arguments on the docket for the end of the month following a status report. The Xarelto Lawsuit MDL is under the guidance and management of US District Judge Eldon Fallon in US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.
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$27.8 Million Xarelto Plaintiff Verdict Could be Tossed Out

$27.8 Million Xarelto Plaintiff Verdict Could be Tossed Out December 20, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Philadelphia, PA: A verdict in favor of the plaintiff in a bellwether Xarelto lawsuit may be all for naught if the defense team for co-defendants Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Bayer AG are successful in having the verdict tossed.
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$28M Xarelto Verdict Against J&J and Bayer

$28M Xarelto Verdict Against J&J and Bayer December 5, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Philadelphia, PA: A jury has found against units of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Bayer AG in the fourth bellwether Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) case being heard as part of a Xarelto mass tort. The award, nearly $28 million, is the first favoring a plaintiff, in this case Lynn Hartman, who alleged she suffered a serious gastrointestinal bleed while using the blood thinning medication. The jury found that the pharmaceutical companies failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the risks for bleeding associated with Xarelto.
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Trial for First Philadelphia Mass Tort Xarelto Lawsuit Finally Underway

Trial for First Philadelphia Mass Tort Xarelto Lawsuit Finally Underway November 17, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Philadelphia, PA: The first trial in the large Xarelto mass tort in Philadelphia is underway, with damning testimony already on the record from a former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While three bellwether lawsuits have already been tried in multidistrict litigation in Louisiana, the Xarelto lawsuit brought by plaintiff Lynn Hartman is the first of some 1,500 cases housed in the Philadelphia mass tort to face a jury.
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First Xarelto Trial Stalled Over Allegations of Witness Tampering

First Xarelto Trial Stalled Over Allegations of Witness Tampering November 6, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Philadelphia, PA: Allegations of witness tampering have stalled the beginning of the Xarelto litigation. The first Xarelto trail was set to being Monday, November 6, but instead got sidelined by attempts to determine the significance of a meeting between a key witness, Dr. Timothy Aldridge, the plaintiff’s treating physician, and a Janssen sales representative.
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Xarelto Seeking FDA Approval for Lower Dosage While Litigation Posturing Continues

Xarelto Seeking FDA Approval for Lower Dosage While Litigation Posturing Continues August 5, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: Towards the end of May plaintiffs embroiled in some 18,000 Xarelto lawsuits consolidated in multidistrict litigation were pushing back against a move by defendants Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Janssen, a division of Johnson & Johnson) and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Bayer) to escape claims that relied on allegations plaintiffs had previously dropped.
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Second Bellwether Xarelto Lawsuit Goes to Defendant, All Eyes on Third

Second Bellwether Xarelto Lawsuit Goes to Defendant, All Eyes on Third July 8, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
New Orleans, LA: The second bellwether Xarelto lawsuit in multidistrict litigation over allegations of Xarelto bleedout in association with the new age blood thinner has gone, like the first, to the defendant. While this may prove disappointing to litigants alleging the anticoagulant is unsafe, there are still two more bellwether trials to roll out later this year, with some 15,000 cases in the federal multidistrict litigation pipeline housed in New Orleans. Additional cases are percolating at the state level in Philadelphia.
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Forecasting the Xarelto Bellwether Trials

Forecasting the Xarelto Bellwether Trials June 12, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
New Orleans, LA: There is speculation that a bellwether Xarelto lawsuit, currently underway in the state of Louisiana, may end as the first bellwether concluded; with a verdict for the defense. However, legal commentator Tighe Wilhelmy of Velawcity notes that Louisiana’s ‘Learned Intermediary Doctrine Defense’ may not necessarily apply going forward to cases whose original jurisdictions fall outside the state of Louisiana.
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