GranuFlo Lawsuit Filings Consolidated in Massachusetts Litigation
GranuFlo lawsuit claims alleging injury or death caused by the dialysis medication are now pending before a Massachusetts judge in Middlesex County Superior Court, recent court documents indicate.
According to an Order dated September 3rd, a plaintiffs’ steering committee was also appointed to conduct and coordinate discovery in the consolidated proceeding, which involves cases filed against Fresenius Medical Care. These dialysis lawsuits were filed on behalf of individuals who received GranuFlo or NaturaLyte before the medications were recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June 2012 for their potential to cause life-threatening cardiovascular injuries and even death.
Lawsuits Consolidated in Wake of GranuFlo Recall
The newly-established Massachusetts state litigation was created in efforts to avoid duplicative discovery and conflicting rulings in similarly-filed suits involving the dialysis drugs, which allege sudden cardiac death, heart attack, cardiopulmonary arrest and other heart-related side effects. The medications were affected by the GranuFlo recall of June 2012.
“The parties shall work to coordinate the conduct of this litigation with other product liability actions involving Fresenius,” according to the order, which also indicates that the proceeding will work with federal GranuFlo recall lawsuit litigation pending in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. As of August 2013, at least 300 claims involving the medications were pending in this proceeding. (In re Fresenius GranuFlo/Naturalyte Dialysate Litigation, MDL No. 2428)
“To the greatest extent practicable so as not to cause delay, the parties shall coordinate with other dialysis litigation involving Fresenius. Such coordination is intended to conserve resources, eliminate duplicative document discovery and depositions where possible, serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses, and promote the just and efficient conduct of this litigation,” the judge said.
The next status conference in the Middlesex County Superior Court proceeding has been scheduled for September 17th at 2 p.m. Items on the agenda include: the discussion of an initial scheduling order, a progress report on a stipulation preserving plaintiffs’ arguments and any other matters relevant to GranuFlo lawsuits.
Contact a Lawyer Today to File a GranuFlo Lawsuit
If you or a loved one sustained cardiovascular injuries after undergoing a dialysis treatment that used GranuFlo or NaturaLyte, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit on their behalf. Contact the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to find out if you are eligible to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages by calling (877) 779-1414.