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Federal Jury Awards Punitive Damages In Actos Bladder Cancer Trial

Federal Jury Awards Punitive Damages in Actos Trial

A federal jury in Louisiana yesterday ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and Eli Lilly & Company to pay $1,475,000 in compensatory damages, finding that they failed to adequately warn about bladder-cancer risks of their diabetes medicine Actos. Jurors also found that Takeda and Lilly executives acted with wanton and reckless disregard for patient safety in their handling of the drug, and awarded a total of $9 billion in punitive damages against both companies.

April 2015 Update: $2.4 Billion Actos Settlement Announced

On April 28, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca F. Doherty, the judge overseeing the Actos injury cases in federal court nationwide, issued an order recognizing that Takeda, the manufacturer of Actos, has agreed to settle most bladder cancer claims brought against the company by Actos users.

Lieff Cabraser attorney Donald C. Arbitblit served as a member of the trial team working closely with lead trial counsel Mark Lanier in representing Terrence Allen, a former hardware-store manager from New York. Allen developed bladder cancer after taking Actos for more than five years starting in 2006.

The Allen case was the first federal court Actos “bellwether” trial, a trial intended to serve as a representative case for a large number of similar cases involving the same allegedly defective or dangerous product.

Commenting on the verdict, Arbitblit stated, “The jury’s award demonstrates that there was powerful evidence that for years Takeda and Lily put their profits ahead of the safety of patients. Takeda and Lilly ignored and downplayed research linking Actos to bladder cancer and misled safety regulators, physicians and patients as to the cancer danger from Actos.”

Lieff Cabraser represents Actos patients across America who developed bladder cancer. Learn more about Actos lawsuits.