On October 13, 2016 attorneys for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer Inc. filed with the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) this court document, “BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY AND PFIZER INC.’S MOTION FOR TRANSFER OF RELATED ELIQUIS (APIXABAN) PRODUCTS LIABILITY ACTIONS FOR COORDINATED PRETRIAL PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 1407, which will refer to as “Defendants’ MDL Motion” hereafter.
As for why these two drug companies think that Eliquis lawsuits filed in the federal court system should be consolidated as a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) case, we get this statement from the aforementioned Defendants’ MDL Motion:
While the claims vary slightly among the various complaints, the crux of the Related Actions is that each Plaintiff experienced bleeding while taking Eliquis, and that Defendants should be held liable for Plaintiffs’ injuries under a variety of theories, including that: (1) Defendants failed to warn adequately about the risk of bleeding; and (2) Defendants should not have sold Eliquis without precautions for blood monitoring or an additional drug to reverse its anticoagulant effect. Thus, Plaintiffs’ claims are based on a common set of core facts.
In a separate court document, “BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY AND PFIZER INC.’S MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION FOR TRANSFER OF RELATED ELIQUIS (APIXABAN) PRODUCTS LIABILITY ACTIONS FOR COORDINATED PRETRIAL PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 1407”, the two drug companies suggest to the JPML that this possible Eliquis MDL be assigned to U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the Southern District of New York.
It is currently anticipated that the Defendants’ MDL Motion will be considered by the JPML at the upcoming hearing session scheduled for January 26, 2017, in Miami, Florida.
Be assured we will be watching for the JPML’s determinations about the requested creation and suggested assignment of this federal court Eliquis MDL case.[Read this article in full at original source]
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