In what appears to be a landmark ruling in multidistrict litigation, a New Orleans judge has ruled that approximately 18,000 product liability lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of the drug, Xarelto, are to be heard in separate jury trials in their original courts. The legal teams behind the lawsuits are prepared to take them to court one-by-one to ensure Xarelto pay attention and address the fact that there are known health and safety risks associated with taking their drug. Xarelto has been marketed as an alternative to warfarin, a drug commonly used by those requiring blood thinners due to a high risk of clotting.
What Happens Now for the 18,000 Cases?
U.S District Judge Eldon Fallon, who made the decision to return these cases to their original courts, has ordered that 1,200 be separated into two groups of 600. Of the 600, 200 will be selected by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, 200 will be selected by the defendants, and the final 200 will be selected by the court. The first 600 are to be selected by April 30, with the second group to be selected before August 30. The next step in the process will involve discovery being carried out for each individual case before the case is heard by a jury. There is a total of approximately 18,000 Xarelto-related cases to be heard.
While this will, evidently, be a time-consuming process, the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee believes that the failure of Xarelto manufacturers to highlight the significant health risks associated with their medication is serious enough to deserve individual jury trials, until such time as the matter is resolved.
Defective Products and Riverside Product Liability Lawsuits
A product liability lawsuit can be filed where injuries have been caused due to defects in a product. These defects, which may occur during the design or manufacturing processes, or due to a lack of adequate warnings or instructions, commonly include or contribute to:
- Household appliance defects
- Electrical Fires
- Defective motor vehicle parts
- Unsafe cribs, highchairs, toys, or other children’s products
- Dangerous medications or medical products
- Defective power tools
If you have been injured by a product you believe to have been defective, a Riverside product liability attorney could help you recover the compensation you deserve. Remember, the list above is intended as an indication only, and is not a complete list of qualifying defects. Your Riverside product liability attorney can assess the details of your case to ascertain whether you have a claim.
Recovering Damages with a Riverside Product Liability Attorney
When you, or a loved one, has been injured by a defective product, or have been unable to safely operate an item due to a lack of adequate instructions, you may be entitled to recover damages.
No matter what injuries you have sustained, or the product which was involved in inflicting them, let Howard Craig Kornberg work on your behalf. Discuss your case with a renowned Riverside product liability attorney today – call 310-997-0904.