How Long Will It Take To Settle Actos Suits?
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent individuals throughout the United States who are pursuing an Actos lawsuit for bladder cancer caused by side effects of the popular diabetes drug.
Although more than 4,000 complaints have been filed nationwide, and several of the first “bellwether” cases are going to trial, no Actos settlement agreements are currently being offered by the drug maker.
Throughout the rest of 2015 and the first part of 2016, a series of settlement conferences are scheduled in the federal court system, which are designed to facilitate a potential agreement to settle Actos cases brought by a large number of plaintiffs. However, there is no indication that the lawsuits will resolve in the near future.
Several state court cases are expected to go to trial nationwide, and a consolidated federal trial involving about five different cases is scheduled to begin in May 2016. While the outcomes of these “bellwether” trials are not binding on other claims, they are designed to help the parties gauge how juries may respond to certain evidence and testimony that is likely to be repeated throughout the litigation.
A number of state court juries have already returned multi-million dollar damage awards as a result of the drug makers’ failure to warn about the link between Actos and bladder cancer, and a federal jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly to pay $9 billion in punitive damages in April 2014. While that award was later reduced to about $37 million by the trial judge, it sends a clear sign about the types of awards juries may return if the drug makers fail to reach large numbers of Actos settlements.
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