Xarelto Safety Suits Sent To Louisiana By MDL Panel

By Sindhu Sundar (December 12, 2014, 8:02 PM EST) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decided Friday to consolidate in Louisiana federal court nearly two dozen suits against Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Bayer Corp. over the blood thinner Xarelto, finding that the cases have enough common factual questions to warrant centralization.

The JPML disagreed with the defendants, who had argued that the cases posed too many unique issues such as medical history and drug dosage, finding that such types of differences apply to nearly all product liability cases and don't necessarily preclude centralization.

In this case, the plaintiffs had posed common factual issues, including whether...

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