The U.S. District Judge presiding over the Taxotere multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2740) in Louisiana has assigned a settlement committee aimed to resolve cases or issues relevant to the complaints.
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December 20, 2016 – Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt issued a pretrial order (PDF) last Tuesday assigning 9 attorneys to a general Taxotere settlement committee, including 5 attorneys to the Plaintiff Settlement Committee and 4 to the Defendant Settlement Committee. Engelhardt ordered the committees to convene within 30 days to select a spokesperson for each.
“The settlement committees are expected to hold regular discussions, in an attempt to establish common understandings, potential ground rules, component parts and concepts, anticipated relief, necessary approvals, and ultimately financial details, including drafting of all pertinent documents, in an attempt to resolve this matter prior to remand of some or all of the member cases,” the order states.
Engelhardt is next expected to establish a timeline for Taxotere bellwether trials, during which a small group of cases will be prepared for early trial dates to help the parties gauge how juries may respond to evidence and testimony that is likely to be repeated throughout the litigation. If Taxotere settlements cannot be reached following conclusion of the MDL, the lawsuits will be remanded to their original district courts to await trial.
There are currently over 260 lawsuits pending in the Taxotere litigation, each involving similar allegations that drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis failed to warn the public or medical community that side effects of the drug may include permanent hair loss, balding or alopecia. It is expected that dozens or even hundreds more Taxotere lawsuits will be added to the MDL before the litigation process is complete.
Plaintiffs allege that Sanofi knew or should have known about the link between Taxotere and hair loss, yet placed their desire for profits ahead of consumer safety by providing false and misleading information, and failing to disclose reports of permanent alopecia suffered by cancer patients who underwent chemotherapy with Taxotere.
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