The Taxotere multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2740) continues to move forward in the Eastern District of Louisiana, with the court addressing plans for the litigation’s first bellwether trials.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one experienced permanent hair loss or “alopecia” following chemo with Taxotere, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
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June 1, 2017 – A Pretrial Order (PDF) issued by the Court last month directed the parties to submit an order pertaining to discovery and dates for bellwether trials by Friday.
Bellwether trials are common in complex pharmaceutical litigation in which multiple lawsuits are filed against a single defendant or defendants alleging similar damages. In the case of Taxotere, the complaints contain similar allegations that breast cancer patients who underwent chemotherapy with the drug experienced permanent hair loss or “alopecia.” Verdicts in bellwether trials often provide insight as to how juries might react to evidence in other lawsuits involving similar questions of fact.
There are currently more than 1,000 lawsuits in MDL No. 2740 undergoing pretrial coordination in Louisiana. While hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy, with other equally effective medications it tends to grow back, whereas with Taxotere this is permanent, according to the lawsuits.
In December 2015, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) stated that it had received reports of permanent alopecia in breast cancer patients who had chemo with Taxotere. FDA’s announcement preceded a label change for Taxotere, noting the possibility of permanent hair loss.
Do I Have a Taxotere Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Taxotere lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new alopecia cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you lost hair after undergoing chemotherapy with Taxotere and it never grew back, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.