On January 22, 2015, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas ordered the establishment of a Xarelto mass tort litigation group in Philadelphia. This move by the court comes after 75 individual complaints had been filed against the manufacturers of Xarelto alleging that the blood thinner cause serious injuries and death after uncontrollable internal bleeding events. The administrative judge ordered that all 75 Xarelto lawsuits be transferred to the Complex Litigation Center for pretrial administration and discovery. This move comes only a few weeks after a federal Multidistrict Litigation was formed by the federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict litigation whereby 80 lawsuits were transferred from federal courts around the country to Louisiana for pretrial administration and discovery. You can read more about the formation of the MDL here.
Xarelto Manufacturers Opposed Motion By Plaintiffs
In an opposition motion filed by lawyers on behalf of Janssen and Bayer, the manufacturers of the blood thinner argued that the cases should not be consolidated in Philadelphia because they are headquartered in New Jersey and New York. They further argued that these cases should be consolidated on a federal level in the Xarelto MDL in Lousiana. The administrative Judge rejected the opposition agreeing with the Plaintiffs that both defendants had considerable ties to Philadelphia and that it was an appropriate venue.
“This is good progress in the Xarelto Litigation” commented Joseph Osborne, Esq. from Osborne & Associates, a sponsor of BloodThinnerHelp.com. By consolidating the state cases here in Philadelphia, the courts can process these lawsuits in a more efficient manner by dealing with procedural motions, discovery, and other items in bulk. “This will lead to faster justice for the families who have had their lives turned upside-down”, continued Osborne.
What Will Happen Next As A Result Of The Philadelphia Xarelto Mass Tort?
We anticipate that several more Xarelto lawsuits will be filed here in Philadelphia in the coming months. Osborne commented: “we are privileged to be representing families here before the Philadelphia Mass Torts Group on Xarelto. My team and I are ready to vigorously and aggressively fight for justice”.
If you have any questions on how this development has effected your case, we urge you to contact your attorney. If you have yet to retain counsel, we would be honored if you would consider contacting our firm. We have a team of experienced mass torts attorneys working for families who have been injured or lost a loved one due to internal bleeding that may have been caused by Xarelto. We are here to answer your questions.