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Testosterone Lawsuit Status Update: July 25, 2017
Jury Awarded Plaintiff $150M in Punitive Damages
A three-week trial, Mitchell et al. v. AbbVie Inc. et al. case, was settled on June 24, 2017, when an Illinois federal jury awarded plaintiff $150 million in punitive damages.
The ending of this trial is quite unusual. The jury found no connection between the use of AndroGel and plaintiff’s heart attack, thus did not award any compensatory damages. However, the judge recognized that AbbVie Inc. was funding ads that misrepresented what AndroGel could treat, and ordered $150 million in punitive damages.
This case is the first verdict in the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) over testosterone medicines manufactured by AbbVie along with several other drug companies.
For more information about this trial read this article by the Chicago Tribune.
Testosterone Lawsuit Status Update: July 11, 2017
First Bellwether Ended in Mistrial. Second Trial is in Progress.
The first trial over AbbVie’s drug Androgel ended in a mistrial on June 12, 2017 after the lead plaintiff’s attorney fell ill. The first trial is rescheduled to begin in September.
Following a mistrial, AbbVie has started its second trial on July 5, 2017. The case is Mitchell v. AbbVie Inc., and is currently in progress.
On June 22, 2017, the Illinois federal judge overseeing the MDL selected the first two cases that will go to trial against Eli Lilly and Co., a pharmaceutical company manufacturing the testosterone medication Axiron. These trials will be heard in January and March 2018.
According to the court’s schedule, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. is also facing trials in November and April 2017 over its promotion of the testosterone gel Testim.
At NastLaw, we will continue to update the Testosterone Lawsuit status as the litigation advances.
Testosterone Lawsuit Status Update: June 5, 2017
Federal Testosterone Case Began its Bellwether Trial
On June 5, 2017, AbbVie, a pharmaceutical company manufacturing the testosterone therapy replacement drug Androgel, faced its first bellwether trial with Jeffrey Konrad, a Tennessee man who claims Androgel caused his heart failure.
Over 4,200 cases have been filed against a pharmaceutical company AbbVie, accusing the company of promoting its testosterone gel Androgel beyond the FDA’s authorized use leading to thousands of people suffer dangerous side effects. Jeffrey Konrad and his wife were among the plaintiffs that filed a case against AbbVie.
In 2010, Konrad had a heart attack, which he claims was caused by a drug Androgel prescribed to him 65 days before the incident. Shortly after, him and his wife has filed a lawsuit against AbbVie.
Konrad’s attorney told jurors that AbbVie’s paid sales representatives and experts to convince doctors at the medical conferences that Androgel effectively treats typical signs of aging, such as: low energy, fatigue and low sex drive.
The Konrad case is expected to last for three weeks.
Other cases in this MDL, accuse AbbVie and other pharmaceutical companies of hiding the risks of blood clotting and blood thickening.
Testosterone Lawsuit Information
Testosterone Lawsuits allege that the manufacturers of the drugs:
- Failed to fully investigate the safety risks of testosterone therapy replacement drugs
- Did not adequately warn doctors and their patients of the increased risk for significant cardiovascular side effects, such as: heart attack and stroke
- Use aggressive marketing tactics that do not provide enough warning about the serious health risks associated with using testosterone treatments
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