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Will 2015 Be Another Huge Year in Actos Litigation?

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New Orleans, LA2014 was a huge year in Actos side effects lawsuits, especially for the plaintiffs in one lawsuit. That Actos bladder cancer lawsuit saw a Louisiana jury award over $9 billion - most of it in punitive damages - to the plaintiffs. Although the award was lowered in October, it was not thrown out, and the jury was allowed to hear information that the judge sanctioned Takeda for destroying documents.

The initial award was given in April 2014, and involved $9 billion in punitive damages after the jury in the lawsuit heard evidence that Takeda destroyed documents that could have helped the plaintiff’s - Terrence Allen’s - case. The defendants appealed the award and requested a new trial. Judge Rebecca Doherty rejected the motion for a new trial, and refused to throw out the award. She did, however, decrease the award to $38.1 million.

The lawsuit itself (Allen v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc., 12-cv-00064, US District Court, Western District of Louisiana) has implications for future lawsuits. Judge Doherty had previously sanctioned Takeda for destroying documents and allowed the jury to hear that evidence. Although Takeda denied that its actions were improper, the judge told the jury that it could assume the destroyed files would have helped the plaintiff’s case.

In other words, even the lack of documents could work against Takeda. And it seems it already has. In November 2014, a jury fined Takeda $155,000 for destroying documents that could have helped plaintiff Richard Myers. The panel in this case found that Takeda officials intentionally destroyed the files, according to Bloomberg (11/17/14).

Of eight lawsuits to go to trial, five have resulted in awards to the plaintiffs. These have included $2 million in damages to Frances Wisniewski (case number 120702272), and $6.5 million to a man and his wife (Cooper v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc., et al, case number CGC-12-518535).

Bloomberg notes that Takeda faces approximately 8,000 lawsuits in total, with 3,500 in pretrial proceedings before Judge Doherty and another 4,500 in various state courts. Whether the results of previous lawsuits will have an effect on Takeda’s handling of pending lawsuits remains to be seen.

Lawsuits allege patients were not adequately warned about the risk of bladder cancer associated with Actos.

The consolidated lawsuit is In Re Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, 11-md-02299, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana (Lafayette).


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It is a well known fact that Actos has been linked to injurious side effects and complications. We have seen raise in these cases in recent years.


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