Judge Approves Multidistrict Litigation for Injured Benicar Victims

David W. Hodges
David Hodges is a founding partner of Kennedy Hodges. He focuses his practice on personal injury claims.
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As the number of people pursuing claims against the maker of the blood pressure drug Benicar increases, an important development recently occurred. For patients filing legal claims after suffering sprue-like enteropathy due to their use of Benicar, cases being heard before federal judges will now be consolidated into multidistrict litigation. This recent development is important to plaintiffs as it may encourage the drug’s maker to settle claims after revealing the strengths and weaknesses of the claims made by patients.

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The following is an overview of this recent decision:

  • Several plaintiffs in the rapidly increasing cases involving Benicar use and the development of sprue-like enteropathy argued that the cases would benefit from multidistrict litigation.
  • After oral arguments were presented in March, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation agreed with these plaintiffs.
  • As a result, multidistrict litigation has been established in the federal court system.
  • Pre-trial proceedings will occur before one judge.
  • The transfer order was issued on April 3rd. As a result, all of the Benicar sprue-like enteropathy lawsuits pending within the federal court system will be centralized.
  • These cases will be centralized before U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler in the District of New Jersey.
  • Before the multidistrict litigation ruling, there were approximately 35 cases pending before 23 different US. District judges throughout the country.
  • The makers of Benicar argued against multidistrict litigation, claiming the cases should proceed without centralized management.
  • The panel disagreed, however, ruling that there are many common issues of fact and law so that the cases would benefit from centralized management.
  • Judge Kugler will preside over coordinated discovery proceedings. The discovery pertains to common issues in the various Benicar cases. These common issues include the exchange of documents and depositions of common fact witnesses involved in the cases.

If you were injured after using Benicar, it is important to take action quickly. We encourage you to reach out today for a free consultation at 855-947-0707.

 

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