The U.S. District Judge presiding over all Tylenol lawsuits filed in federal court over liver failure side effects has selected the first bellwether case to go to trial, designed to help the involved parties determine how juries may to respond to certain testimony and evidence that will likely be repeated throughout the multidistrict litigation (MDL). If you believe you have suffered liver damage from Tylenol, or if you lost a loved one to liver failure side effects allegedly associated with the popular pain reliever, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are committed to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous medications, and can help put you in touch with a knowledgeable drug injury lawyer today.
There are currently more than 160 Tylenol liver failure lawsuits filed in the federal court system against Johnson & Johnson, all of which involve similar allegations that the pharmaceutical giant withheld important information from consumers and medical professionals about the risk of liver damage associated with the popular pain reliever. In April 2013, the Tylenol liver failure litigation was centralized before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as part of a federal MDL, and a group of bellwether cases are now been prepared for early trial dates, expected to begin in late 2016.
On December 15, Judge Stengel issued an order identifying a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Denice Hayes as the first bellwether case in the Tylenol liver failure litigation to proceed to trial. The complaint was originally brought by Denice Hayes’ sister, Rana Terry, in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2012, but was later removed to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where it joined several other Tylenol liver failure lawsuits as part of the MDL. According to the complaint, Denice Hayes developed acute liver failure after using Extra Strength Tylenol between August 12, 2010 and August 29, 2010, and then died as a result of the liver damage on August 31, 2010.
Tylenol is one of the most trusted brands in America, but a growing body of research published in recent years indicates that the popular pain reliever may put users at risk for serious liver damage, possibly leading to liver failure and death. In fact, acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdose has been identified by the FDA as a leading cause of liver injury in the United States, accounting for more than 50,000 emergency room visits every year, including approximately 25,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths annually. In light of these risks, consumers across the country have brought Tylenol liver failure lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, accusing the drug company of withholding important safety information from consumers and the medical community.
In her complaint, Rana Terry seeks compensatory and punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and its McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit for failure to warn, strict liability, breach of warranty, negligence, designing a defective drug, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, violating consumer protection laws, loss of consortium and wrongful death. If you took Tylenol in the past, and you have since been diagnosed with liver damage or liver failure requiring a transplant, consult an experienced Tylenol attorney today for legal help. With a qualified Tylenol lawyer on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills.