How Long Will It Take To Settle Actos Suits?



The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represented individuals throughout the United States who are pursuing an Actos lawsuit for bladder cancer caused by side effects of the popular diabetes drug.

In April 2015, a global settlement to resolve more than 8,000 cases for about $2.4 billion. However, individuals diagnosed with cancer after the date of this settlement, or who still have time available under the statute of limitations may still be able to pursue a recovery in their case outside of this settlement.

The amount of any settlement would be based on what that individual plaintiff may be able to recover if their case goes to trial.

A number of state court juries previously 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 sent a clear sign about the types of awards juries may return if the drug makers fail to reach large numbers of Actos settlements.



Austin Kirk

Last Updated March 18, 2018

21 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • DARLENE says:

    I was recently hospitalized with an infection in my foot complicated by my diabetes and found from blood work that I had mild renal failure. An ultra sound was done and my kidneys were not damaged but a spot was found on my bladder. When I was discharged I went to the doctor who saw me in the hospital and he used a scope to get a better look at my bladder and found a tumor that was cancer. He removed the tumor and believes we caught it early and all of it. I will be rechecked in 6 months and hope for the best. I did not know actos was linked to bladder cancer and need to know if this drug put me at risk. I did not have any of the normal symtoms and if I had not been hospitalized for something else and had the doctors that I did it may not have been found until it was too late.

    Posted on February 3, 2012 at 4:07 am

  • katie says:

    Wondering if my father’s passing is worth looking into.

    Posted on February 25, 2012 at 12:01 am

  • David says:

    A little over 1 yr after taking Actos, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 6/08. Fortunately, it had not yet invaded the bladder lining but did contain some high grade cancer cells. My urologist had me undergo BCG treatments for 18 months, frequent cystos, and annual ct scans. So, about 4.5 yrs later, I have remained cancer free ,thankfully. Actually, get another cysto this week as they have been spaced out to every 6 months for some time now. Bladder cancer supposedly has the highest recurrence rate of any form of cancer and considered maybe the most expensive to treat due to having to follow it very closely for a long time. I engaged a Dallas area firm on my case in fall of 2011 after reading about the link of Actos and bladder cancer. That firm is also working with a California firm No atty has offered or willing to provide me any estimated possible settlement range. Imagine mine will be on the low end as it was caught early and so far successfully treated with minimal out of pockets to me. Intially, my primary care doc was treating me for a swollen prostate and the med was doing nothing as that wasnt the problem so I sought the advice of a urologist. he told me on the first visit within mimites that he suspected bladder cancer.

    Posted on February 6, 2013 at 9:41 am

  • David says:

    Think I read that any settlements will probably occur no earlier than the fall of 2014. Anybody seen any further info on this?

    Posted on March 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

  • Loyce says:

    My husband took the drug Actos and Lipator and passed away. I have been trying for almost three years to get legal representation due to my husband was healthy until he was prescribed these drugs along with other drugs. I feel he deserves justice due to he trusted his Doctor was prescribing the correct medication for his illness. I pray that all who put this poison in their bodies get the justice they so deserve.

    Posted on September 28, 2013 at 11:34 pm

  • phillip says:

    I took actos for 5 years. In May of 2013 I had a heart
    attack and triple bypass while recovering from bypass
    they discovered i had bladder cancer I’ve had 3 surgeries
    for the bladder along with chemo. Is takeda trying to wait for
    people to die to before admitting their mistakes.

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:41 am

  • Carol says:

    My husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer at age 43. He lost his bladder as a result which has changed our lives drastically. He took Actos for a little more than two years. We have hired an attorney, but it seems this could go on forever. I feel so sorry for the people who have lost lovedones to this drug. It seems that Takeda would do the right thing and admit they screwed up.

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 7:15 am

  • Joe says:

    My father died of bladder cancer due to takeing actos. It was nothing short of murder. They must be held accountable. Corporate greed and weak foreign drug policies are despicable. It’s sad that in this day and time we are Still helpless as a people against our government and big drug corporations.

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm

  • angelo says:

    how about the other things like kidneys that were damaged by actos, how about that there is no life insurance you can get when they see you had bladder cancer or have it. how about the everyday worries that it can reoccur again if it is in remission. the cystos every 6 months for the rest of your life. the pain of your love ones wondering if it will reoccur

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm

  • Martin says:

    Settlement is under way they said we have until july to accept apx 230000 per case.

    Posted on June 6, 2015 at 10:08 pm

  • connie says:

    The are trying to get my dad to sign a settlement waiver, but not disclosing what that would be, im a little suspicious about this, what is apx per case mean.

    Posted on June 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm

  • Steve says:

    Take 100 points to be $230000.
    The go up or down depending on damages / out come.
    Also a $5000000 fund for exceptional circumstances, ie very young, minor children.
    Your lawyer should have all the details.

    Posted on August 24, 2015 at 11:29 am

  • Jimmy says:

    I think all the victims should receive egual amont there’s plenty money to go around .I seen my mother’s suffer because of this actors for years doctors miss diagnosed or just didn’t worn no one and these points are just to make the defendant fell better my mother sufferd every day

    Posted on February 9, 2016 at 7:20 am

  • steve says:

    Quote: (In English) I think all the victims should receive equal amount, there’s plenty of money to go around .I watched my mother’s suffer because of this actos medication. For years doctors misdiagnosed or just didn’t warn anyone. This point system is just there to make the defendant feel better. My mother suffered every day

    The points system is the only fair way to resolve these cases.
    People have been damaged to varying degrees. Myself, I was lucky. A few surgeries and I seem fine now.
    Also some people smoked tobacco, this is a known cause of bladder cancer. Why should a smoker get the same amount of compensation as myself, a non smoker?

    Were all playing the waiting game now.

    Posted on February 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm

  • Lisa says:

    My mom took actos then she found out she had bladder cancer she had bladder removed from that day on…. To the very end the cancer spread rapidly and she couldn’t walk no more and her breathing was rapid and passed away on the day of Christmas Eve.

    Posted on March 3, 2016 at 1:20 am

  • LANA says:

    My husband passed on January 16, 2016 due to bladder cancer. He was taking Actos for many years. We filed a claim. To date, we have not heard from the firm handling the case. We were told that possibly by early Spring there would be a settlement.

    Posted on March 31, 2016 at 10:02 pm

  • Dennis says:

    I was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer in October of 2015. I filed a claim, but was told that i didn’t make the “Deadline”, but i couldn’t file if i wasn’t diagnosed. Does anyone know if there will be another change to file a claim in the future.

    Posted on April 26, 2016 at 9:12 pm

  • pamela says:

    for those who filed officially, have legal representation and met all the deadlines, is there any estimated date of when they would receive their claim award?

    Posted on May 4, 2016 at 9:27 am

  • Barbara says:

    I was told there would be a settlement by spring 2016. I have received NO further info and it is mid October. How do I find out if and when we should receive anything. We have had a catastrophe in this state (Louisiana)and we could use any help.

    Posted on October 16, 2016 at 11:40 pm

  • Grady says:

    Yes, Actos causes bladder cancer and I had to go thru two chemo treatments to get it removed. I am in the class action suit with lots of people who got it from Actos.

    Posted on October 19, 2016 at 1:06 pm

  • Robert says:

    I was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer in 2014.I am pursuing through Class Action but nothing has been
    forthcoming.I have had BCG treatments for 4 years.I am up every hour at night as the Bladder is weak
    as a result of removal of the Tumour and killing of Cancer cells.I go back every 6 months for Cystoscopys.
    The Bladder has further developed a Hernia.I do have type 11 Diabetes and took Actos for 4 years prior
    to discovery of the Tumour and do not smoke.It looks like we will all be Dead by the time settlements

    Posted on November 25, 2018 at 9:13 pm

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