February 17, 2015 — The judge overseeing all federal Xarelto lawsuits has appointed twelve attorneys, including two co-lead counsel, to leadership roles in the litigation.
U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon established the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in an order (PDF) filed on February 9.
Attorneys with leadership roles have many responsibilities, including:
- Coordinating and conducting all pretrial discovery
- Examining witnesses and introducing evidence
- Selecting “bellwether” trials
- Pursuing settlement options
- Communicating pertinent developments to all plaintiffs and their counsel
- Other functions as necessary
Judge Fallon oversees about 90 lawsuits involving Xarelto. All of the lawsuits were filed on behalf of people who were seriously injured or died from severe bleeding after taking Xarelto.
Plaintiffs accuse Bayer of downplaying information about its serious bleeding risks, including the risk of fatal bleeding and Xarelto’s lack of a reversal agent.
The litigation is remarkably similar to one involving Pradaxa (dabigatran), a blood-thinner made by Boehringer Ingelheim. Last year, about 4,000 lawsuits settled for $650 million, or about $162,500 per claimant.
Judge Fallon appointed attorney Brian Barr to the co-lead counsel in the Xarelto litigation. He said, “Our experience with litigating the Pradaxa lawsuits (also a blood thinner) will give us a good head start in the discovery process.”
As the Xarelto litigation proceeds, it is likely that attorneys will choose certain cases for “bellwether” trials to go before a jury. If the jury decides to award compensation, it can help attorneys negotiate a settlement or other resolution for lawsuits with similar injuries.
Do I have a Xarelto Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Xarelto induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by severe bleeding, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Attention Lawyers: We consider a referral from another law firm to be one of the greatest compliments. If your firm is interested in referring us a case or for us to send you a list of previous award judgments and/or average referral fees, please visit the Lawyer Referral section of our website.