Darvocet MDL Proceeds After Status Conference
The initial status conference for Darvocet lawsuits consolidated into federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) was held on September 26, 2011 in an Eastern District of Kentucky court. So far, the only concrete news to emerge from this early-stages hearing is that an official email contact list, or “service list,” has been established for MDL case number 2226.
Latest Darvocet and Darvon lawsuit news
The MDL currently comprises 89 individual Darvocet lawsuits, whose plaintiffs allege that they were not adequately warned by the painkiller’s manufacturer about dangerous Darvocet and Darvon side effects, including arrhythmia, heart abnormalities, heart electrical changes, heart attack and death.
A panel of federal judges made Darvocet and Darvon lawsuit news in August, when they transferred all Darvon and Darvocet lawsuits filed in federal courts across the country to the Kentucky court of Judge Danny C. Reeves, who will oversee the coordination of pre-trial processes for all of the cases. MDL is normally thought to benefit plaintiffs and defendants alike not only because it makes pre-trial procedures such as discovery more efficient, but because it saves both time and money for all the parties involved.
More Darvocet and Darvon lawsuit news will be available after the next status conference, as the MDL moves closer to naming a bellwether trial date, as well as naming a plaintiff whose Darvocet or Darvon side effects lawsuit will be selected for trial.
Darvocet lawyers to travel to Kentucky
The Eastern District of Kentucky court (Covington Division) was chosen as the location for the MDL mainly due to the fact that drug maker Xanodyne’s headquarters are located nearby, allowing for expert witnesses and evidence to be more easily available to the court. Because injured plaintiffs have filed relevant Darvon and Darvocet lawsuits in all regions of the U.S., Kentucky is viewed as equidistant from multiple courts of origin.
Some plaintiffs who are considering a Darvocet or Darvon side effects lawsuit have wondered whether the MDL transfer to Kentucky automatically applies that state’s statute of limitations rule to pending and future Darvon or Darvocet lawsuits. Kentucky requires that plaintiffs file a product liability or personal injury lawsuit within one year of the injury’s occurrence, or of the reasonable discovery of the injury. However, Kentucky’s time limits, which are considered comparatively strict, do not apply to plaintiffs whose suits have been initially filed in other states and then transferred to Kentucky as part of the MDL centralization.