The Federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has issued its Order consolidating all pending Actos cases in Federal Court. The cases have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. This means that Judge Doherty will preside over all the pretrial proceedings in these cases. Bloomberg has a good article concerning this decision and its impact on Actos litigation against Takeda Pharmaceutical.
I have written previously on the issues surrounding Actos:
- Takeda May Face Thousands of Lawsuits over Actos – overview of the potential claims facing Takeda due to its diabetes drug.
- Type 2 Diabetes, Actos, and Bladder Cancer – the use of Actos to treat diabetes.
This litigation is only in its early stages. I expect that the court will face a huge number of claims to manage.
The purpose of the multidistrict litigation (MDL) process is to consolidate cases before one court that can handle the various discovery and pretrial proceedings. The idea is that having one court handle the various pretrial issues will conserve resources, save costs, and prevent numerous courts issuing rulings that may be inconsistent. Cases are returned back to the Federal Court where they were originally filed for the trial.