The Louisiana court in charge of overseeing the federal Taxotere litigation has ordered plaintiffs’ attorneys to identify all claimants in anticipation of a potential settlement in the hair loss lawsuits.
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What’s the Problem?
September 18, 2017 – According to a Pretrial Order (PDF) issued earlier this month by the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, plaintiffs’ attorneys must “identify, both now and during the pendency of this matter, any and all individuals with potential docetaxel-related permanent hair loss claims, and thus any and all putative claimants who may be eligible to participate in any future resolution system.”
The court further ordered all parties to immediately report on any new individuals with potential Taxotere lawsuits, even if the complaints have not yet been filed. Identifying and reporting all potential claims is required for participating in any settlements resulting from the litigation.
Taxotere was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996. However, it wasn’t until December 2015 that the drug’s labeling featured a warning about permanent hair loss.
Plaintiffs allege that Taxotere labels in Europe have warned about this potential side effect since 2005, while in Canada the labeling was changed to include this risk in 2012. In the U.S., the prescribing information only included a vaguely worded statement that “hair generally grows back.”
The Louisiana federal court ordered that all notifications must be received by the end of this month. Attorneys are to update their filings whenever any new potential claimants are identified, the court said.
Do I Have a Taxotere Lawsuit?
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