Zantac Users Push To Consolidate Calif. Cancer Suits

By Mike Curley (June 9, 2020, 7:09 PM EDT) -- Attorneys representing 40 people with cancer who allege that Sanofi-Aventis US LLC, Pfizer Inc. and other pharmaceutical companies hid the risks that heartburn drug Zantac could produce a carcinogen are asking to have their cases consolidated in California.

In a petition filed Monday, the plaintiffs in the 40 cases asked to have their suits linked in a judicial council coordinated proceeding to consolidate pretrial and trial phases of the cases, which they said would work alongside the existing Zantac multidistrict litigation in Florida.

"Coordinating these two important proceedings is the first step in putting pressure on these defendants to come to...

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