Defendants: AbbVie, Inc., Actavis, Inc., Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Eli Lilly & Company, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Endo), GlaxoSmithKline, LLC (GSK), and affiliated entities.
Defendant Law Firm:
AbbVie is represented by Shook Hardy Bacon LLP, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Dechert LLP, Phillips Lytle LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Butler Snow LLP.
Auxilium is represented by Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.
Lawsuits filed alleged the plaintiff suffered heart attacks, strokes and blood clots as a result of using the low- t drugs. They further claim strict liability, failure to warn, negligence, breach of implied warranty, breach of express warranty, fraud, negligent misrepresentation.
Defendants' Liaison Counsel: Scott P. Glauberman - Winston & Strawn/ David M.; Bernick - Dechert LLP
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee
Ronald Johnson, Jr - Schachter, Hendy & Johnson PSC
Trent B. Miracle - Simmons Hanly Conroy
Christopher A. Seeger - SEEGER WEISS LLP
Martin D. Crump - Davis Crump, PC
T. Matthew Leckman - Pogust Braslow & Millrood, LLC
Lawrence J. Gornick - Kaiser Gornick, LLP
Matthew Teague - Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.,
Gregory S. Spizer - Anapol Schwartz
Frank Petosa - Morgan & Morgan, P.A.
Kristine K. Kraft - Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP
Elwood C. Stevens, Jr. -Domengeaux, Wright, Roy & Edwards, L.L.C.
Christopher V. Tisi - Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP
Arnold Levin - Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman
Alex H. MacDonald - Macdonald, Rothweiler, Eisenberg, LLP
Mark A. Hoffman - Ross Feller Casey, LLP
Dawn M. Barrios - Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, LLP
Derriel C. McCorvey - The Law Office Of Derriel Mccorvey
Roger W. Orlando - The Orlando Firm, P.C.
Rachel Abrams - Levin Simes
W. Mark Lanier - The Lanier Law Firm PC
David S. Ratner - Morelli, Alters, Ratner LLP
Yvonne M. Flaherty - Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.l.l.P.
Dianne M. Nast - Nastlaw LLC
Kathleen Chavez - Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'neil LLC
Brian J. Perkins - Meyers & Flowers
Myron Cherry - Myron M. Cherry & Associates
June 2014: The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) established coordinated proceedings for all testosterone lawsuits as part of multidistrict litigation docket 2545 (MDL) in the Northern District of Illinois, to be presided by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly.
As of September 2018, more than 6,500 lawsuits were filed by men across the country blaming testosterone replacement drug makers of alleged injuries. Of these, nearly 4,200 involve AbbVie's AndroGel and about 500 involved Eli Lilly’s Axiron.
Important Verdicts & Settlements
January 3, 2018: Eli Lilly the maker of Axiron announced a global settlement for all the Axiron cases filed against it in the MDL, a month before the start of its first bellwether trial, resulting in the cancellation of two upcoming trial dates in January and March by Judge Kennelly.
March 28, 2018: AbbVie was ordered by a federal jury to pay $3.2 million to the plaintiff who claims he suffered a heart attack while using AndroGel. The jury awarded $200,000 compensatory damages and $3 million in punitive damages to the plaintiff. The plaintiff had been awarded $150 million in punitive damages in July 2017. However, post-trial motions resulted in the dismissal of the verdict by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly of the Northern District of Illinois, on finding that the jury’s decision was “logically incompatible” with the evidence presented at trial; he further ordered a retrial.
June 14, 2018: Jury Favors AbbVie in the Fifth TRT Bellwether Trial over claims that its AndroGel caused a Plaintiff Rowley’s deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
June 2018: Auxilium, a subsidiary of Endo International PLC, announced it had signed a master settlement agreement resolving all testosterone product liability claims linked to its drug Testim, without requiring to admit liability or wrongdoing with a tentative settlement value around $200 million for about 1,300 lawsuits.
June 29, 2018: Actavis announces settling about 500 Androderm cases filed against it.
July 2, 2018: AbbVie and its partner Besins Healthcare Inc., were ordered to pay $448 million in an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission in 2014 accusing them of filing baseless patent infringement lawsuits in 2011.
September 2018: Abbvie & its subsidiaries Abbott Laboratories, Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC would enter a global settlement phase under confidential terms.