A California man won $6.5 million last week in the Actos lawsuit he filed against a Japanese drug maker who failed to warn him of the diabetes drug’s potential to cause and/or worsen bladder cancer, according to Thomson Reuters News & Insight.

According to the article published April 30th, 2013, the two-month trial came to an end in Los Angeles Superior Court with the decision to award the plaintiff $5 million in compensatory damages, and another $1.5 million to his wife.

Verdict in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit First of Hundreds

The case, which is one of more than 3,000 Actos lawsuits pending in the U.S. over the diabetes drug and the first to reach a verdict, was brought by a retired worker from Pacific Bell who alleged long-term use of the medication led to his bladder cancer diagnosis, which is now terminal. His Actos lawyers expedited his claims under a California statute that allows plaintiffs who are gravely ill and have less than six months to live to head to trial in state court first.  (Cooper v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc, California Superior Court, Los Angeles, No. CGC-12-518535.)

An Actos attorney for the plaintiff said, “This was a special case born of necessity. We were trying to get Mr. Cooper to attend and enjoy the outcome of his own trial before he died.”

During the trial, Takeda Pharmaceuticals tried to counter the plaintiff’s allegations that Actos caused his bladder cancer by saying the illness was not a result of his taking the medication, but his history of smoking and poor health.

In response to the California jury’s verdict, the drug maker continued to defend the safety of its product, maintaining that the company had properly shared its safety data with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other health regulators, the article stated.

“Takeda empathizes with patients like Mr. Cooper, but we believe the evidence did not support a finding that Actos caused his bladder cancer,” said the company’s general counsel.

The defendant has filed motions asking the Los Angeles Superior Court judge to rule in its favor as a matter of law, and may appeal if requests are denied, officials said in a statement.

200 more Actos lawsuits are currently pending in California state court, 1,500 in Illinois state court in Cook County, and 1,200 have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Actos lawyers for the plaintiff in the recently completed trial said the verdict was an “excellent result” for his other clients in similar actions.

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If you received a bladder cancer diagnosis after taking Actos, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more about Actos lawsuits at (877) 779-1414.

Published April 30, 2013 by