What is the Status of the Tylenol Liver Failure Litigation?
A growing number of individuals throughout the United States have filed a Tylenol lawsuit after suffering liver problems, alleging that Johnson & Johnson and their McNeil Consumer Health Care subsidiary failed to provide adequate warnings about the risks associated with side effects of acetaminophen, the active pharmaceutical ingredient in the pain killer.
As of early 2014, more than 120 cases have been filed throughout the federal court system, with additional cases pending in various state courts. It is ultimately expected that the Tylenol litigation will continue to grow over the next few years, as more and more people file complaints alleging that liver damage or liver failure may have been caused by the inadequate warnings that have been provided for years.
Acetaminophen is considered one of the leading causes of liver failure in the United States, resulting in an estimated 450 deaths annually, as well as 50,000 emergency room visits and 25,000 hospitalizations each year. As a result, the FDA and other health experts have been concerned about the link between acetaminophen overdose and liver damage for years.
In April 2013, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) decided to consolidate and centralize all federal Tylenol liver injury lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Cases filed throughout the federal court system will be transferred into the Tylenol MDL for coordinated pretrial proceedings.
Such consolidation is common in complex product liability litigation, where there are a large number of lawsuits filed over similar injuries allegedly caused by a common medication.
Throughout 2014, Tylenol lawyers in the federal MDL will be working on core case-specific discovery in a group of six representative cases selected for a “bellwether” trial program. These cases are to be selected in April 2014, with selections for the first Tylenol trials expected to be made by September 2014. These early trial dates are designed to help gauge how juries may respond to certain evidence and testimony that is likely to be repeated throughout other similar cases.
Although the cases are centralized and being managed in a manner similar to how a Tylenol class action, the lawsuits still remain individual claims throughout the process and if a Tylenol settlement agreement is not reached following pretrial proceedings, cases may be remanded back to the U.S. District Courts where they were originally filed for individual trial dates
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The Tylenol lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A., estimate that there could be hundreds of liver damage lawsuits eventually filed against Johnson & Johnson for failing to adequately provide proper warnings about the side effects of acetaminophen.
Financial compensation may be available as a result of the drug makers’ failure to adequately warn consumers or the medical community about the risk of liver problems from Tylenol or acetaminophen.
All lawsuits are pursued by our law firm under a contingency fee basis, meaning there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to participate in the acetaminophen litigation and there are no Tylenol attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained. To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.