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Punitive Damage Award Against Actos Manufacturer Significantly Reduced by Judge

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Earlier this year, jurors in Lafayette, Louisiana, concluded that Takeda and Eli Lilly intentionally withheld the significant health risks linked to the diabetes prescription drug, Actos. The Louisiana jury awarded $9 billion in punitive damages. However, the judge recently ruled, on October 27th, 2014, that this amount was excessive and reduced the punitive damage award to $36.8 million. The judge stated that the reduced award is the maximum amount a jury could have properly awarded under current American law. The judge also denied Takeda and Eli Lilly’s request for a retrial.
Currently, Takeda faces more than 8,000 lawsuits in the United States accusing it of withholding information regarding the dangerous side effects of its diabetes drug Actos.
Actos has generated more than $16 billion in sales, and has been marketed throughout the United States by Takeda and Eli Lilly.
Nadrich & Cohen is handling Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect claims throughout the country.
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Australian Actos Lawyers and Users Join Fight Against Takeda

bladder cancer actosBy Jeffrey Nadrich

Jeff Nadrich is a national Actos lawyer with more than 25 years of experience successfully defending clients. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos, call us today at 1-800-718-4658. You may be entitled to compensation.

Australian residents are taking their Actos fight to the U.S., joining the growing number of plaintiffs seeking compensation from Takeda Pharmaceuticals. According to recent reports, Australian doctors and patients were kept in the dark about the dangers of Actos use even as other nations were removing the drug from their pharmacy shelves. Now, some Australian Actos lawyers and users are hoping that a U.S. class action lawsuit can help them where their own courts have proven inefficient.

There are currently more than 3,000 Actos bladder cancer lawsuits pending in the United States, with the first case having recently been decided in favor of the plaintiff. The cases are divided between multi-district litigation (MDL), multi-county litigation (MCL) and class action lawsuits. The Australian plaintiffs qualify for a class action lawsuit here in the U.S.

One such plaintiff is 69-year-old Peter Marshall, an Australian resident who recently filed a claim in the U.S. Marshall alleges that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos to treat his diabetes. Marshall says that he was shocked by the diagnosis, due to the complete lack of warnings available to Australians. He is seeking unspecified damages.

Marshall is just one of a growing number of Australians seeking justice here in the U.S. Research has shown a definitive link between bladder cancer and Actos, which has been acknowledged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other international health organizations. Evidence indicates that the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, may have knowingly concealed the cancer risk from the public for years. Most plaintiffs agree that had they known the risk of contracting cancer, they never would have taken Actos in the first place.

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the national Actos lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the proper evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.

We are contingency lawyers, and we don’t charge you any money if we don’t win your case. So don’t suffer alone any longer. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.


Actos Cancer Lawsuit Verdict May Spell Good News for Future Plaintiffs

actos lawyer californiaBy Jeffrey Nadrich

Jeff Nadrich is a national Actos attorney based in Los Angeles California, with more than 25 years of experience successfully defending personal injury clients. If you or someone you love has suffered Actos side effects, call us today at 1-800-718-4658. You may be entitled to compensation.

As we previously reported, the judge in the first Actos cancer lawsuit stunned the court when he reversed the jury’s $6.5 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff. The judge reasoned that there just wasn’t sufficient evidence linking the plaintiff’s bladder cancer to Actos use, despite mounting research that suggests otherwise. For many Actos bladder cancer sufferers, this decision presented serious cause for concern. Will this verdict set the tone for future Actos lawsuits?

Believe it or not, many legal professionals and plaintiffs are optimistic. Remember that the jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff, and that is key here. The link between Actos and bladder cancer was convincing enough to unanimously sway a jury, and with many lawsuits still to come, we can expect to see more positive results.

Nadrich & Cohen is currently working with Actos cancer victims, and we have spent years studying and investigating the link between Actos use and a wealth of complications, including bladder cancer, stroke, and more. We have worked with medical professionals, and we have the legal knowledge and expertise to make the most convincing case in court. If you have been diagnosed bladder cancer after taking Actos but are still on the fence about whether to file a case, now is the time. Don’t be discouraged by the decision of one judge.

We and our legal colleagues remain optimistic, and so should you. There are currently more than 3,000 Actos bladder cancer cases pending, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals will answer for the adverse side effects impacting so many users. The evidence is there, but you need the right kind of legal representation if you want a chance of succeeding in court.

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with bladder cancer or another condition after taking Actos? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the Actos attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the proper evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.

We are contingency lawyers, and we don’t charge you any money if we don’t win your case. So don’t suffer alone any longer. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.


Judge Throws Out $6.5 Million Actos Bladder Cancer Verdict

actos lawsuit californiaBy Jeffrey Nadrich

Jeff Nadrich is an Actos attorney based in Los Angeles California, with more than 25 years of experience successfully defending clients. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the drug Actos, call us today at 1-800-718-4658. You may be entitled to compensation.

In a shocking turn of events, a judge has overturned a ruling that granted $6.5 million to a bladder cancer sufferer who used the diabetes drug Actos. We have reported extensively on the case of Jack Cooper, the former Pacific Bell worker who took Actos for years without knowing of the drug’s link to bladder cancer. After receiving his unfortunate diagnosis, Cooper stopped using the drug and filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, Asian drug giant Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

The case is historic because it marks the first of more than 3,000 bladder cancer lawsuits filed against Takeda. But if the results of Cooper vs Takeda set a precedent for future cases, it may spell bad news for other bladder cancer sufferers. The Food and Drug Administration and several independent studies have confirmed the link between Actos and bladder cancer, and yet the judge in this case remained unconvinced that the evidence was sufficient.

The jury actually sided in Cooper’s favor, granting him the requested damages. Once the decision was made, Takeda filed motions asking the judge to reverse the ruling, arguing a lack of evidence that Actos caused Cooper’s cancer. The judge ultimately agreed, citing a doctor’s testimony that Cooper’s bladder cancer was caused by Actos use. The judge called the testimony “inherently unreliable,” in a 27-page explanation.

This decision is extremely unfortunate, because it completely dismisses the overwhelming body of evidence linking Actos to bladder cancer, and disregards Takeda’s complete lack of accountability in the matter. Drug manufacturers need to know that they cannot place profits before patients, and unfortunately, court decisions like this only serve to embolden them.  Hopefully the forthcoming Actos cases will have more favorable outcomes.

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the national Actos attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the essential evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.

We are contingency lawyers, and we don’t charge you any money if we don’t win your case. So don’t suffer alone any longer. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.

 


Closing Arguments in Takeda Lawsuit: Actos Definitely Linked to Bladder Cancer

actos lawsuit californiaBy Jeffrey Nadrich

Jeff Nadrich is an Actos attorney based in Los Angeles California, with more than 25 years of experience successfully defending clients. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the drug Actos, call us today at 1-800-718-4658. You may be entitled to compensation.

                                             

Closing arguments have now been heard in the first of 3,000 lawsuits against Asian drug giant Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and now it’s up to a jury to decide whether the manufacturer is liable for the bladder cancer diagnosis of plaintiff Jack Cooper. Cooper, a former Pacific Bell Telephone Co. cable splicer, took Takeda’s popular diabetes drug Actos for two years and was then diagnosed with bladder cancer.

While taking the drug, Cooper reportedly had no idea that its use was linked with bladder cancer diagnoses, and according to court testimony, Takeda actually hid this information from the public for more than 7 years, even after internal studies demonstrated the link. Cooper seeks compensatory as well as punitive damages.

“Selling diabetes drugs is big business in America,” Cooper’s attorney Michael Miller said in his closing argument. “There’s a lot of money to be made. But companies are not allowed to downplay the risk. Patient safety is the number 1 thing.”

Miller also told jurors that according to U.S. law, it’s Takeda’s responsibility to fully disclose their products’ risks. Testimony has revealed internal company emails that demonstrate Takeda not only knew about the risks, but went to great lengths to conceal the dangers from the general public.

In recent months, Takeda has drifted away from Actos, and is focusing more heavily on its newly approved diabetes drug Nesina. The company was given FDA approval for the new drug in January, but it’s too soon to tell what kinds of long-term side effects it may have. In the meantime, Takeda faces a huge uphill battle with 3,000 more pending lawsuits pertaining to Actos. The results of this first lawsuit may very well set the tone for those that remain.

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the national Actos attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the proper evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.

We are contingency lawyers, and we don’t charge you any money if we don’t win your case. So don’t suffer alone any longer. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.


Court Testimony Reaffirms Bladder Cancer Actos Link

bladder cancer actosBy Jeffrey Nadrich

Jeff Nadrich is a national Actos attorney with more than 25 years of experience successfully defending clients. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bladder cancer or experienced other Actos side effects, call us today at 1-800-718-4658. You may be entitled to compensation.

The first trial against Asian drug giant Takeda Pharmaceuticals is still underway, with more than 3,000 other trials set to follow. This case has brought to light numerous damning allegations against Takeda and its popular diabetes drug Actos, and one of the most controversial is the claim that Takeda knew about the link as far back as 2005.

A new Injury Lawyer News article points to internal company emails now being used as evidence in court. The emails reveal that company officials were aware of a bladder cancer link at least as early as 2005 (and some reports even say 2003), but knowingly opted to conceal the link and place profits ahead of patients. The outcome of this lawsuit will likely set a precedent for the 3,000 that are still in waiting.

Actos was first approved for blood sugar management in 1999, and has since become the most popular diabetes drug in the world. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an official warning to the public.

” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer,” says the official statement. “This safety information is based on FDA’s review of data from a planned five-year interim analysis of an ongoing, ten-year epidemiological study, described in FDA’s September 2010 ongoing safety review.”

Sales for Actos have declined sharply following the FDA warning, and it appears that Takeda is now phasing out the drug altogether. The company recently secured FDA approval for a new diabetes drug called Nesina, after initial trials proved promising. Only time will tell how effective — and how safe — the new drug actually is. In the meantime, the company certainly has its hands full with Actos lawsuits.

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the national Actos attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the proper evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.

We are contingency lawyers, and we don’t charge you any money if we don’t win your case. So don’t suffer alone any longer. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.


New Testimony Reveals Actos Put Profits Ahead of Patients

actos lawsuit californiaBy Jeffrey Nadrich

Jeff Nadrich is a Actos lawyer with offices throughout California and more than 25 years of experience successfully defending personal injury clients. If you or someone you love has suffered Actos side effects, call us today at 1-800-718-4658. You may be entitled to compensation.

The first Actos trial is still ongoing, and witness testimony is shedding new light on the lengths to which manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals has gone in its effort to deceive the public. Bloomberg reports that according to 2005 company emails, Takeda officials openly emphasized protecting the product rather than its users. The bombshell was dropped by Howard Greenberg, a clinical pharmacologist, who testified this week.

“There are multiple e-mails from different levels of Takeda management that indicate the product came first,” Greenberg told jurors. Actos is used for the treatment and management of diabetes, but several independent studies have liked the drug to an increased risk of bladder cancer. In fact, some countries – namely Germany and France – have banned the drug altogether in light of the bladder cancer link.

The ongoing case involves Jack Cooper, a retired Pacific Bell worker who was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2011, after taking Actos for 4 years. Cooper and his legal team allege that Takeda marketed the drug while fully aware of the risks, and went so far as to conceal the risks from the public. Takeda counters that Cooper’s history as a smoker and gender placed him at an elevated risk of contracting the disease.

Takeda can defect blame all they want, but facts are facts. The link between Actos and bladder cancer is very strong. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has acknowledged the link, and independent studies have confirmed it. If you currently take Actos to treat your diabetes, discuss your options with your doctor. If you experience any pain or discomfort during urination, or if you have difficulty urinating, visit your doctor at once.

Have you or someone you love experienced Actos side effects, including bladder cancer or heart failure? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call a national Actos lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the proper evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.

We are contingency lawyers, and we don’t charge you any money if we don’t win your case. So don’t suffer alone any longer. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.

 


Actos User Sues Drug Maker After Bladder Cancer Diagnosis

actos suitBy Jeffrey Nadrich

Jeff Nadrich is an Actos attorney based in Los Angeles California, with more than 25 years of experience successfully defending clients. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the drug Actos, call us today at 1-800-718-4658. You may be entitled to compensation.

The first California trial against Asian drug giant Takeda Pharmaceuticals is set to begin, and more than 3,000 others will follow. The litigation surrounds Actos, a diabetes drug that has been linked to potentially fatal afflictions such as bladder cancer and heart failure. Not long ago, Actos was one of the world’s most profitable drugs – banking $4.5 billion in the fiscal year ending March 2011 – but sales have declined sharply amid growing claims of devastating disease and illness.

The forthcoming trial surrounds Jack Cooper, a former Pacific Bell employee who developed bladder cancer after taking Actos for more than two years. The 69-year-old Cooper received his diagnosis in November 2011, and he contends that Takeda failed to properly warn consumers about the link between Actos and bladder cancer. Jury selection in Cooper’s case is currently underway in Los Angeles.

Cooper contends that Takeda knew about the risks prior to 1999, when Actos first hit the market. In fact, court filings have revealed that Takeda knew about the risk at least as far back as 2003, when the company began surveying doctors in the hopes of discovering whether medical professionals would recommend a drug with potentially fatal risks.

The survey found “a bladder cancer warning would destroy the sales of Takeda’s most important drug,” which may explain why Takeda has gone to such great lengths to underscore the risks. Any time a new drug hits the market, it is imperative that consumers be made aware of all of the known risks, so that the general public and the medical community can make the most informed decisions about how to proceed.  Too long have consumers been made to suffer due to the drug companies’ voracious pursuit of profit.

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the national Actos attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the proper evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.

We are contingency lawyers, and we don’t charge you any money if we don’t win your case. So don’t suffer alone any longer. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.


Takeda Expressed Concerns about Actos-Cancer Risk in 2003

actos lawsuit californiaBy Jeffrey Nadrich

Jeff Nadrich is an Actos attorney based in Los Angeles California, with more than 25 years of experience successfully defending personal injury clients. If you or someone you love has experienced bladder cancer as a result of Actos use, call us today at 1-800-718-4658. You may be entitled to compensation.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals is under scrutiny once again, this time as court filings have revealed that the company may have known about the Actos / bladder cancer risk back in 2003. According to an attorney’s filing in the Superior Court of Los Angeles, Takeda secretly surveyed 12 doctors back in 2003, asking if they would provide patients with a drug while knowing that the side effects could be fatal. This revelation is just the latest bit of bad news for Takeda.

The survey found “a bladder cancer warning would destroy the sales of Takeda’s most important drug,” according to the attorney’s for plaintiff Jack Cooper, who developed bladder cancer after taking Actos. Los Angeles jurors are set to hear Cooper’s beginning on February 19th in the first Actos case to go trial. The multidistrict litigation is being handled in L.A.

Takeda remains defiant. In response to the controversy, the company released an official statement. “Takeda has actively worked with regulators, physicians and outside medical experts to make sure health-care providers were informed and could make the most educated treatment decisions. That was the case in 2003 and still is the case today.”

But the company’s actions suggest otherwise. The FDA has warned consumers about the link between Actos and bladder cancer, and this latest revelation raises the suspicion that Takeda may have known about the link more than a decade ago. The company recently secured FDA approval for a new diabetes drug, Nesina, and although it has fared well in its initial trials, it is still yet to be seen whether Nesina proves to be a viable alternative.

Have you or someone you love experienced heart failure of bladder cancer after taking Actos for an extended period of time? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the affordable Actos attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the proper evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.

We are contingency lawyers, and we don’t charge you any money if we don’t win your case. So don’t suffer alone any longer. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.


Takeda Sales Plummet Amid Actos Controversy

actos bladder cancer riskBy Jeffrey Nadrich

Jeff Nadrich is an Actos attorney based in Los Angeles California, with more than 25 years of experience successfully defending personal injury clients. If you or someone you love has experienced bladder cancer as a result of Actos use, call us today at 1-800-718-4658. You may be entitled to compensation.

 

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, the company responsible for the troubled Actos diabetes drug, recently released its net profit report for April – December 2012, and the numbers are less than flattering. Sales have fallen by 14 percent, largely due to the controversy surrounding Actos, as well as increased research costs.

Actos use has been linked to increased risk of bladder cancer and heart failure, and thousands of victims have filed lawsuits against Takeda, alleging that the company failed to sufficiently warn the public about the risks. Actos is intended to manage blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes, but many of these individuals are getting more than they bargained for.

In order to make up for the lost revenue, and to repair some of the damage caused by Actos, Takeda is now promoting a new diabetes drug, Nesina. This drug has fared well in clinical trials, but consumers should be aware that many dangerous drugs demonstrate positive results in their initial trials. The small sample sizes and limited research times are insufficient to give an accurate assessment of the safety of any drug. Only time will tell if Nesina proves to be a safer alternative to Actos, and Nadrich & Cohen will continue to monitor the situation.

If you currently take Actos, speak to your doctor about possible alternatives. The bladder cancer risk is serious cause for concern, and can present itself with many symptoms. The most common of these symptoms—found in as many as 9 out of 10 bladder cancer sufferers—is hematuria, a condition characterized by blood clots in the urine. Heart failure can also be fatal in Actos patients. If you experience any health irregularities, visit a doctor at once.

Have you or someone you love experienced heart failure of bladder cancer after taking Actos for an extended period of time? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the Orange County Actos attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the proper evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.

We are contingency lawyers, and we don’t charge you any money if we don’t win your case. So don’t suffer alone any longer. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.