Although the first bellwether trial in the denture cream multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) is set to take place in June, the judge overseeing the litigation has ordered the parties to use out of court mediation as a means to resolve the lawsuit. If mediation is successful, then numerous denture cream lawsuit settlements could be forthcoming. Created in June 2009, the MDL consolidated all federal cases filed by plaintiffs alleging that they sustained neurological injuries and copper deficiencies as a result of the zinc used in denture cream adhesives such as Fixodent and Poligrip, manufactured by Proctor & Gamble and GlaxoSmithKline, respectively. As the first of the bellwether trials approaches, the possibility that Proctor & Gamble and GlaxoSmithKline will actively pursue denture cream lawsuit settlements with plaintiffs grows. If the manufacturers choose to litigate these cases before juries, they risk paying victims millions in damages.

GlaxoSmithKline Reaches Denture Cream Lawsuit Settlements

In July 2010, several plaintiffs injured by Poligrip entered into denture cream lawsuit settlements with GlaxoSmithKline. However, the details surrounding those denture cream lawsuit settlements have not been made public. Although GlaxoSmithKline has already reached denture cream lawsuit settlements with numerous plaintiffs, there are still other cases pending against the manufacturer. Additionally, as the date for the first bellwether trial nears, many are wondering if Proctor & Gamble will follow suit and begin the process of negotiating denture cream lawsuit settlements. If the manufacturer is found liable in the upcoming bellwether trial, both companies could potentially face paying billions of dollars in damages as this many deter plaintiffs from settling. The only way to mitigate the amount of damages may be for both companies to enter into denture cream lawsuit settlements prior to the commencement of the bellwether trial. If they choose to go this route, and pursue denture cream lawsuit settlements, it is possible that the remaining litigation could be resolved by the end of the year.

Questions Concerning Potential Denture Cream Lawsuit Settlements?

If you or a loved one uses Fixodent, Poligrip, or another brand of denture cream and suffers from symptoms of zinc poisoning, such as pain and numbness in the hands and feet, you should contact one of our denture cream lawyers immediately to discuss your legal rights and options for pursuing a denture cream lawsuit. It is possible that these lawsuits may result in denture cream lawsuit settlements. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our denture cream lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Published November 17, 2011 by