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Judge Selects Eight Bellwether Trials in Testosterone MDL

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly has selected 8 lawsuits to move forward as bellwether trials in the testosterone multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Illinois.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly has selected 8 lawsuits to move forward as bellwether trials in the testosterone multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiffs allege that testosterone supplements caused heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolism, blood clots and other serious side effects.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a testosterone supplement, 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?

September 2, 2016 – Of the 8 suits designated as bellwether trials, 4 allege claims of myocardial infarction (heart attack) or stroke, and 4 involve venous thromboembolism (VTE). All 8 cases, however, involve injuries alleged from AndroGel.

Bellwether trials are common in complex pharmaceutical litigation where a large number of complaints have been entered involving similar allegations. The outcome of the trials is intended to allow parties to gauge how juries are likely to respond to evidence that is going to be presented in multiple cases.

In April 2014, all federal lawsuits alleging injuries from testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) products were consolidated for pretrial proceedings in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. More than 6,000 complaints are currently pending before Kennelly in the MDL, nearly all of which involve AndroGel.

The first bellwether trial scheduled to go to court was filed by Plaintiff Jeffrey Konrad, who allegedly suffered a heart attack on July 9, 2010, at the age of 49. He had been using AndroGel for just over 2 months and had no history of medical problems. Konrad’s case (1:15-cv-00966) is expected to go to trial early next year.

Another lawsuit approved as a bellwether trial is that of Jesse Mitchell, who also had a heart attack at the age of 49. He had been using AndroGel for more than 5 years at the time his injury occurred. Mitchell was hospitalized for 5 days — including 2 days spent in a coma — and suffered kidney failure as well. His lawsuit case number is 1:14-cv-09178.

Do I Have a Testosterone Lawsuit?

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

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by a testosterone booster, 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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