Another Case Joins Darvocet Lawsuit Trend Against Lilly
Darvon and Darvocet were popular pain medications until they were removed from shelves last year. Up until that point, millions of Americans filled prescriptions for these drugs regularly. As a result of the Darvocet recall, the number of Darvon side effects lawsuits has grown steadily as more former users have come forward to reveal the serious complications caused by the active ingredient in the medication, propoxyphene.
One such Darvocet lawsuit, Alix v. Eli Lilly was filed in August, 2011. The Darvocet lawyer for Alix is seeking nearly $90 million in damages. This particular case has been consolidated with others into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) ordered to a Kentucky federal court.
Number of Darvocet lawsuits filed in Kentucky rises
Jean Alix’s Darvocet lawsuit is a personal injury action alleging negligence and product liability among other causes of action. The case has been consolidated into the MDL in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky. Judge Danny C. Reeves has been assigned to oversee the MDL.
Although the MDL was delayed for a number of months, the initial conditional transfer has been announced and includes 17 individual cases similar to Alix v. Eli Lilly. Current Darvocet lawsuits filed in the MDL include plaintiffs from the states of Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Ohio. Plaintiffs involved in this MDL and other Darvocet lawsuits may experienced various side effects from arrhythmia to Darvocet addiction and overdose, and accidental death.
Darvon side effects lawsuits consolidated in MDL
With a number of Darvon side effects lawsuits multiplying around the country, the decision to consolidate cases into an MDL was an expected one. Multidistrict litigation is often used in situations where a number of lawsuits with similar features are filed around the country against the same plaintiff. By consolidating in this manner, the judge assigned to the MDL can group together discovery matters common to all of the defendants. This process helps streamline the litigation and makes it more efficient for everyone involved in the Darvocet lawsuit. Cases involving Darvon addiction, heart irregularities and other potentially serious side effects from the drug may all be eligible for MDL consolidation.
The specific damages sought and the total amount of damages may vary from Darvocet lawsuit to lawsuit within the MDL. For example, while the Alix v. Eli Lilly case is seeking $90 million at trial, other plaintiffs may be hoping to reach a pretrial Darvocet lawsuit settlement in lesser amount.