Last month, an initial status conference was held in the newly minted Tylenol liver injury “class action.” sI put class action in quotes because the case are consolidated for pre-trial fact finding. It is not a pure class-action lawsuit because the cases will not be tried together but judged individually.
Following the initial conference, the MDL judge released an order that appointed eight different lawyers to serve on a Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, two of which will serve as Co-Lead Counsel.
What These Tylenol Suits Are About
Acetaminophen has been linked to a risk of liver injury in a way that we, almost bizarrely, never fully understood. The FDA has reported that acetaminophen overdose is one of the leading causes of liver injury that has led to over 50,000 emergency room visits per year and 450 deaths annually. We get so many statistics in 2013. So read those numbers again. They are unbelievable.
In 2011, the FDA announced new limits on acetaminophen levels in prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet. Johnson & Johnson responded to this change by lowering the maximum recommended dosage of Tylenol and other acetaminophen-based drugs from 4,000 mg per day to 3,000 mg. There were about two dozen complaints filed throughout the United States, but the number of cases is expected to increase as Tylenol injury lawyers review and file additional lawsuits for liver damage or failure.
The Committee and Co-Lead Council will conduct various pretrial discovery of all plaintiffs who have lawsuits in the Tylenol MDL, communicate on behalf of the Plaintiffs at pretrial proceedings, negotiate stipulations or settlements, and perform other litigation tasks.
If you or someone you love has used Tylenol and suffered liver damage or failure, protect your rights. Call us at 800-553-8082 or talk to us online. There is no fee or cost for you in pursuing your claim unless you win a recovery.
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