Pa. Judge Urged To Consolidate Philly Invokana Cases

Law360, Philadelphia (September 26, 2016, 2:53 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania state judge was urged Friday to create a new mass tort program to coordinate discovery and pretrial proceedings in nearly a hundred cases pending against a Johnson & Johnson unit over kidney damage allegedly caused by the diabetes drug Invokana.

A group of plaintiffs told a Philadelphia County judge that consolidating the 87 pending Invokana cases into a new mass tort would allow the claims to be addressed more expeditiously, conserve judicial resources and eliminate the possibility of inconsistent rulings by different judges.

“The creation of a mass tort program is appropriate here because the related actions involve common...

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