AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, McKesson Corp., and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Defendant Law Firm:
AstraZeneca LP - The Pepper Law Firm
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. - Hollingsworth LLP
Allegations: Proton Pump Inhibitors such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid are reported to increase the risk of various kidney complications. Lawsuits filed in federal court blame that the drugs lead to acute interstitial nephritis, chronic kidney disease, renal/kidney failure or acute kidney injury.
Some of the serious side effects include heart attack, stroke, bone fractures, memory loss, and birth defects.
Plaintiff Steering Committee
Daniel R. Lapinsky - Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer.P.A.
Shannon Pennock - Pennock Law Firm
Bradley D.Honnold - Goza & Honnold, LLC
Sindhu Daniel - Baron & Budd P.C.
K.Camp Bailey - Bailey Peavy Bailey PLLC
Shayna E. Sacks - Napoli Shkolnik PLLC
Daniel N. Gallucci - Nastlaw LLC
Norman Siegel - Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP
Derriel McCorvey - McCorvey Law LLC
Buffy K. Martines - Laminack, Pirtle & Martines LLP
Jennie Anderson - Andrus Anderson LLP
Joseph Zonies - Zonies Law LLC
MDL 2409: In Re: Nexium (Esomeprazole) Antitrust Litigation
The plaintiffs in this antitrust class action can allege that AstraZeneca, the defendant, and maker of Nexium indulged in “pay-for-delay” contracts with its competitors (other defendants), violating various U.S. states’ antitrust laws. AstraZeneca allegedly paid hefty amounts to its competitors to delay the marketing activity of the generic version of Nexium.
The district court certified a damages class against defendants under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(3) that includes individual consumers, third-party payers, union plan sponsors, and insurance companies that purchased or provided reimbursements for Nexium.
MDL 2757: IN RE: PROTON-PUMP INHIBITOR PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION
In August 2017, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) granted the plaintiffs’ second motion for consolidation of Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) claims into multidistrict litigation (MDL) named MDL 2757: IN RE: PROTON-PUMP INHIBITOR PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION. The MDL was ordered to be centralized in the U.S. District for New Jersey as more PPI claims were pending in that court than in any other district. The JPML appointed Judge Claire C. Cecchi to preside over the MDL. There are more than 4,248 lawsuits pending against the drug makers of the heartburn medications as of December 2018. The first PPI Bellwether Trial Set to Begin on Sept. 21, 2020.
Important Verdicts & Settlements
December 2012: Pfizer Inc. agreed to pay $55 million for promoting Protonix for unapproved uses.
April 2013: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP ("AstraZeneca") settled a Nexium lawsuit for $20 million but denied the claim that they false marketed the heartburn drug.
October 2014: The California federal judge who overlooked Nexium bone injury granted summary judgment in favor of manufacturer defendant AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP and related entities on October 8, 2014. (In Re: Nexium [Esomeprazole] Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2404, No. 12-ml-2404, C.D. Calif.)
February 2015: AstraZeneca paid $7.9 million to settle a class action lawsuit that the manufacturer and the distributor were engaged in a kickback scheme to boost the sale of Nexium pills.
June 2015: Teva Pharmaceuticals paid $24 million after it was determined the company had kept a less expensive Nexium alternative from consumers.
June 2018: The Court issued a stipulation regarding the statute of limitation, establishing a process for the plaintiffs’ counsel to submit additional information about individuals who were under PPI medication and suffered kidney injury as a side effect before filing the lawsuit. Plaintiffs’ Counsel has to submit documents with certain potential case information, which would pause, or toll, the statute of limitations until January 31, 2019.