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Zantac Lawsuit Attorneys - Archived Updates

January 25, 2022 Update: The number of types of cancers in the MDL Zantac class action lawsuit has been officially cut back to the five cancer types we have listed above. Our lawyers saw this coming and tightened our law firm's eligibility requirements last year.

January 20, 2022 Update: The MDL class action judge in the Zantac lawsuit held a “science day” last month. Lawyers for both sides got an opportunity to educate the court about the technical and scientific evidence in the litigation. Doctors can explain the The Zantac science day was held on December 2nd and 3rd and featured presentations in a non-adversarial format. The presentations were designed to help the court better understand some of the scientific concepts and study statistics regarding the link between NDMA in Zantac and various types of cancer.

December 3, 2021 Update: The MDL judge approved the plan for selecting “bellwether” cases from pending Zantac lawsuits. Zantac cases will be categorized according to the type of cancer alleged by the plaintiff. Then 25 cases will be randomly selected from each cancer type group. Initially there were ten cancer type groups, but the Plaintiffs’ Leadership Counsel has advised that they will not be litigating breast or kidney cancer cases, which leaves only eight cancer types. So 25 Zantac cancer lawsuits will be randomly selected by a computer from each cancer type group to create an initial pool of 200 cases. These 200 lawsuits will then go through a fact discovery and vetting process to eliminate cases that do not meet certain eligibility criteria. This vetting process will be completed by August 1, 2022 and bellwether Zantac trials will be selected from the remaining cases in the pool.]

November 17, 2021 Update: The total number of filed MDL Zantac cancer lawsuits as of November 15, 2021, is 1,777. But over 80,000 census forms have been filled out at last count. (This is the result of a tolling agreement that pushes back the statute of limitations if you properly register your claim.)

November 15, 2021 Update: The MDL judge ruled for the plaintiff in a motion to dismiss the medical monitoring Zantac MDL class action. These claims are for victims who do not have cancer but are at increased risk for cancer. The premise of these Zantac lawsuits is that a diagnostic testing regime is needed for people that do not have cancer but need cancer detection screening because of the increased risk caused by NDMA. This ruling has no direct impact on cancer victims bringing a Zantac lawsuit because NDMA was a substantial contributing cause to their developing cancer. But it is may be a harbinger of things to come in terms of the MDL judges view of this litigation generally. So this is a good sign.

In addition to the Zantac cases in the federal court MDL, there are also hundreds of Zantac lawsuits in state courts in California that have been consolidated into a JCCP (California’s state court equivalent of an MDL).

Last week, the judge in the Zantac JCCP announced that the opening bellwether trial will begin in October 2022, with a second test trial to follow shortly after. This puts real pressure on the defendants to offer a reasonable settlement amount in the Zantac lawsuit or run a real risk. If plaintiffs' lawyers win the first case in the heartburn medication litigation for victims - as we expect - settlement compensation expectations for both victims and plaintiffs' attorneys will soar.

August 18, 2021 Update: This is not good news. The MDL judge dismissed all the Zantac lawsuits involving generic or store brand versions of Zantac.

Truth be told, most Zantac lawyers saw this ruling coming. The judge dismissed these claims because she believes they are preempted by federal law. This is a brutal blow for users of generic ranitidine who are now being told that even if the drug caused their cancer, they do not have a claim. That is a tragedy.

There is a silver lining, if you can call it that. This ruling, assuming it holds up on appeal, streamlines the Zantac litigation considerably. Plaintiffs' attorneys can file an appeal while now having more time to drill down on Glaxo, Sanofi, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Pfizer and prepare the scientific case to get these cases to a jury.

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