On February 12, 2015, a Philadelphia jury awarded a $3.6 million dollar verdict, which included a $1.3 million punitive damage award, to John Kristufek, a former Pennsylvanian educator, who alleged that pharma giant Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.’s Actos diabetes drug was the cause of his bladder cancer.
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After two days of deliberation, the jury found that Takeda failed to properly warn John Kristufek’s doctors about Actos’s cancer risks. The jury found that Takeda showed “reckless indifference” to Kristufek’s health by hiding Actos’ risks. The jury awarded $318,000 for his medical expenses and $2 million for pain and suffering tied to the cancer diagnosis. Because of the reckless indifference finding, the jury awarded $1.3 million in punitive damages.
The Pennsylvania case is Kristufek v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc., Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The consolidated Actos case in Louisiana is In Re Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, 11-md-02299, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana (Lafayette).
Actos Trial History and Lawsuits
There have been two prior verdicts for plaintiffs in California and Maryland (though those results were later overturned) and defense verdicts in Las Vegas and Chicago. The Allen case in Louisiana was the first federal bellwether case to be tried, where the jury held Takeda responsible and ordered the big pharma giant to pay $9 billion dollars in damages.
A number of cases pending are in the coordinated California JCCP, where The Brandi Law Firm represents a number of Plaintiffs. (Case No. JCCP 4696 Assigned to Hon. Kenneth Freeman)
If you or a loved one has had a problem with Actos or has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and took the diabetes drug Actos, you may have a claim for your injuries. The Brandi Law Firm is a leader in nationwide pharmaceutical litigation for decades and is now representing clients who have suffered bladder cancer related to Actos use and filed suits on their behalf. For a free consultation call us at 1-800-481-1615 or email us.
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