The manufacturer and distributors of blood-thinning drug Xarelto are, as of this juncture, facing more than 9,000 personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits – and more are continuing to pile up.
Defendants Bayer AG (a German company) and distributor Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a U.S. company that is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) are accused of failing to adequately warn the public of the possible danger associated with the drug. Many of those who have filed lawsuits alleged the drug caused them to suffer severe bleeding in their intestines or brain, resulting in severe side effects that ranged from hospitalization to death.
A U.S. District Court in Louisiana is overseeing a multi-district litigation that involves more than 7,000 cases. Of those, four are slated to be heard in the next 12 months. The outcome of these so-called bellwhether cases will determine whether defendants are likely to settle future cases (because it’s unlikely defense will prevail) or whether they will continue to fight the litigation. Those four bellwhether cases stem from cases in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. In addition to those 7,000 pending cases, there are another 1,000 Xarelto lawsuits pending in a Delaware multi-district litigation and another 1,000 before a state court in Pennsylvania. Continue reading