A recently filed request to add all Byetta thyroid cancer lawsuits to the consolidated federal multi-district litigation (MDL) being handled by the Southern District of California was withdrawn by plaintiffs by motion on February 18, 2014. The MDL is pending for pancreatic cancer lawsuits currently before Judge Anthony Battaglia in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Judge Battaglia is presiding before an established MDL for all Byetta, Januvia, Janumet and Victoza lawsuits filed in federal court that involve allegations that the plaintiffs developed pancreatic cancer after taking these drugs.
A motion filed by Plaintiffs last month had asked that all cases involving thyroid cancer and the above drugs also be centralized before Judge Battaglia. The motion was made to the Joint Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).
here are currently more than 300 cases pending before Judge Battaglia, but all of those cases involve individuals diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Following a status conference on January 16, Judge Battaglia indicated that the Court will continue to monitor discussions between the parties regarding the Byetta thyroid cancer cases to ensure a plan for managing the cases is put in place -
At the time the request was filed to establish a second MDL before Judge Battaglia, there were at least 36 different lawsuits pending in three different U.S. District Courts involving plaintiffs who allege they developed thyroid cancer from Byetta. However, Judge Battaglia indicated last month that there is a potential for this number to grow into something in the hundreds.
Plaintiffs motion to withdraw its request states: "Movants are withdrawing their motion to consolidate in order to facilitate further discussions with Defendants related to this motion." "Plaintiffs believe it is in the interests of justice and efficiency that further discussions are had among counsel prior to presenting this motion to consolidate to the Panel for resolution."
If you took Januvia, Janumet, Byetta or Victoza and developed pancreatic or thyroid cancer, contact Cliff Rieders, Esq. of the Rieders travis Firm to determine whether you may have a claim.