October 20, 2011—The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is considering a petition to consolidate all federal Actos cases before a single judge. The request, initially made by attorneys representing Actos victims, asked that all federal cases be transferred to the Southern District of Illinois.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Actos, agrees that the Actos bladder cancer lawsuits should be consolidated for coordinated pretrial management, but proposes the cases proceed in either the Northern District of Illinois or Western District of Illinois.
MDL proceedings resemble class action lawsuits and allow for the efficient resolution of large numbers of cases involving similar issues. If the MDL is established, every federal case will be transferred to the selected venue. Actos lawsuits filed in state courts would be unaffected by the move.
A hearing has been scheduled for December 1, 2011 to consider the motion to consolidate Actos bladder cancer lawsuits.