Federal Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuits Consolidated in New Jersey District Court
On May 23, 2011, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) ordered that all federal Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits be consolidated and centralized in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and assigned to the Honorable Garrett E. Brown, Jr. Last week, the JPML convened at the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse in Louisville, Kentucky, to hear oral arguments as to whether Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits pending in federal courts nationwide should be centralized. On March 23, 2011, defendant Merck & Co. had filed a motion to centralize the Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey or, in the alternative, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are currently investigating claims against the manufacturers of bone drugs, such as Fosamax, and are offering free and confidential legal consultations to individuals who took these bone drugs and fractured their femoral bone.
Recently, Fosamax and similar medications have been the subject of increased scrutiny as numerous studies release findings which substantiate that there is, in fact, a link between Fosamax use and atypical femur fractures. On October 13, 2010 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a warning that bisphosphonates put patients at risk for atypical thigh bone (femur) fractures. In addition to issuing that warning, the FDA required bisphosphonate manufacturers to change the drugs’ labeling.
Fosamax Femur Fracture MDL
In reaching its decision to grant Merck’s request and form a Fosamax femur fracture MDL, the JPML determined that there were common questions of fact to warrant the transfer of pending federal Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits to one federal district court for coordinated and consolidated pre-trial proceedings. The panel determined that the District of New Jersey was the appropriate forum for the Fosamax femur fracture MDL because most of the federal cases are currently pending there, Merck is headquartered in New Jersey and there are hundreds of Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits pending in New Jersey state court. Therefore, the JPML believes that consolidation of the Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits in the District of New Jersey will serve to promote judicial efficiency.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is actively investigating and litigating cases on behalf of clients who have suffered a Fosamax femur fracture. Bernstein Liebhard LLP has provided a wealth of consumer information concerning the risks associated with Fosamax use on its website, www.consumerinjurylawyers.com. If you or a loved one took Fosamax and sustained a femur fracture, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries.
For more information about filing a Fosamax lawsuit, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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