Popular blood thinner Xarelto (a Bayer and Johnson & Johnson product) had record sales of $1.4 billion in 2013 alone. One of the best-selling blood thinners on the market, Xarelto is one of four physician go-to medications to prevent strokes but that may not be the case for much longer. In 2014, the first lawsuit alleging that Xarelto was the cause of a patient’s death was filed, with many more to follow. Now, because of the number of filed lawsuits, the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania consolidated the claims into a Mass Tort program.
What the Xarelto Mass Tort Program Means
The number of suits filed against Xarelto’s manufacturers (Bayer and Johnson & Johnson) necessitated a mass tort program. With what started as more than 620 cases initially, the consolidation of cases brought in another 2,800 Xarelto lawsuits. Together, the mass tort program exceeds 3,400 lawsuits, all of which express similar concerns about the drug.
The need to shift to mass tort litigation occurs when there are a large number of filings against one defendant (in this case, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson). Most often, mass tort claims are brought in when consumers (or patients in this case) are injured on a large scale by defective products or drugs. Because drugs especially, can cause a variety of adverse reactions for different individuals, they rarely fit into a single class. That lack of hegemony among the different cases is why a mass tort is used rather than a class action.
In a mass tort, one attorney (or group of attorneys) represent multiple injured parties for their respective claims. The investigation, evidence, and witnesses can all be shared among the cases involved. Beyond the attorneys, a group of lawyers nationwide can pool their resources, information, and ideas. By doing so, they guarantee that all individuals receive fair settlements.
If you or a loved one have been injured by Xarelto, you may be eligible for compensation. Learn more about the Xarelto lawsuit for more information on how to file your claim in the mass tort.