May 21, 2012 — United States District Judge Rebecca Doherty, who is overseeing the Multi-district Litigation (MDL) regarding Actos lawsuits, has signed an order allowing direct-filing for any new injury claims. This means that all new Actos lawsuits will be filed directly into the MDL, instead of being filed in local courts and then transferred to the federal court. This will likely help expedite the litigation. Hopefully, victims of Actos bladder cancer, Actos heart attacks, and other Actos side effects will see compensation and resolution even quicker.
Litigation against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Actos, is moving forward. However, there may still be time to file an Actos injury lawsuit if you have suffered from a serious side effect of this medication.
If you or a loved one was injured, it is important to contact an attorney who has experience handling the MDL process. An MDL is not the same as a class action lawsuit; instead, each person’s lawsuit remains independent. Because there may be up to 10,000 lawsuits regarding Actos side effects, the litigation was consolidated before one federal judge in a special multi-district court in Louisiana. This helps streamline the discovery and pre-trial proceedings. As the MDL progresses, several “bellwether” cases will be selected with issues and injuries common to other cases, and the decisions in these cases set a precedent for deciding thousands of other cases.
The Actos lawyers at The Schmidt Firm, PLLC are concerned about the growing number of people reporting serious Actos injuries. Actos (pioglitazone) is a medication that is used to treat Type-2 diabetes, along with diet and exercise. Unfortunately, some studies have indicated that Actos may increase the risk of bladder cancer by 40%. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that Actos could increase a person’s risk of bladder cancer. Several critical studies prompted health authorities in Germany and France to ban Actos. Health authorities in Canada have also warned about the increased risk of bladder cancer.
Anyone who has been injured by this medication is encouraged to contact a lawyer immediately for more information about your legal rights. There may still be time for you to file an Actos lawsuit.
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The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Actos induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by Actos, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Actos Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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