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Abilify Bellwether Trials to Begin in June

Lawsuits involving allegations of uncontrollable gambling addictions and other compulsive behavior disorders resulting from use of the antipsychotic Abilify (generic: aripiprazole) are scheduled to begin this summer in the U.S. District Court, District of Florida, where all such federal claims have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial handling.

According to a recent order (PDF) by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict (JPML), 3 bellwether trials have been chosen for the Abilify litigation, the first of which is slated to kick off on August 6.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one experienced compulsive behaviors after taking Abilify, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

April 23, 2018 – The Abilify MDL is being overseen by U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers in the Northern District of Florida, where there are currently more than 600 lawsuits pending against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, the companies that make Abilify.

The defendants have been accused of negligently designing a prescription medication, and of hiding evidence of Abilify’s propensity to cause pathological compulsive behaviors, including hypersexuality, binge eating, shopping and gambling.

BMS and Otsuka are further accused of failing to properly test Abilify, exaggerating benefits of the drug, and of encouraging physicians to market it for unapproved purposes such as anxiety disorders, dementia, eating disorders, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In addition to the Abilify MDL in Florida, a state-level court litigation is playing out in New Jersey, where Superior Court Judge James DeLuca is presiding over the cases.

Bellwether trials are designed to help the parties gauge how juries may respond to certain evidence and testimony that will be repeated throughout the litigation. The first three cases are:

  • Lyons v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., et al., Case No. 3:16-cv-414
  • Viechec v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., et al., Case No. 3:16-cv-291
  • Lilly v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., et al., Case No. 3:17-cv-186

Do I Have an Abilify Lawsuit?

The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Abilify lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new compulsive behavior cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had serious side effects from Abilify, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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