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Taxotere Plaintiffs Granted MDL: What This Means

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Recently, Taxotere lawsuits were granted an MDL. MDL is an acronym that stands for multi-district litigation. If you had alopecia because of Taxotere or if you’re considering whether you should file a Taxotere lawsuit, you may wonder how this designation will affect the lawsuits as they move forward.

Explaining MDL

A multi-district lawsuit is commonly seen in defective drug and medical device lawsuits. Taxotere lawsuits will still be filed throughout the entire nation, but because they all have a common question, they are assigned to be heard by one judge. So, if someone in Texas filed a Taxotere lawsuit, it would still be here in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

How MDL Helps Everyone

Lawsuits can take a long time to be heard or even settled. This is particularly true when there are thousands of lawsuits filed against the same company. If the Taxotere lawsuits were all heard individually, they would take longer since they would need to be scheduled when the attorneys for Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Taxotere, would be available.

An MDL helps Taxotere plaintiffs by streamlining the process. Instead of taking years to hear each individual case, the lawsuits can be handled together. It’s not quite the same as a class action lawsuit, but it does work in a similar way. The pre-trial process, such as discovery, is completed much faster using MDL. Then, the lawsuits are returned to their original courts for the actual trial.

What Is the Difference Between An MDL And Class Action Lawsuits?

MDLs and class action lawsuits are different because in a class action lawsuit, one judge would hear all the claims. Then, if the drug company were found guilty and assessed damages, the amount would be split between all the plaintiffs. An MDL is different because only the pre-trial necessities are heard by the single judge. Then, the Taxotere lawsuits are returned to the state in which they were filed. Going forward from that point, the claims are handled individually. This is good for Taxotere plaintiffs because it speeds up the process and they do not split the damages they receive with other plaintiffs.

Would You Benefit From A Taxotere Lawsuit?

If you were given Taxotere during chemotherapy and developed alopecia, you may benefit from a Taxotere lawsuit. Although chemotherapy drugs often cause hair loss, plaintiffs in Taxotere lawsuits allege that they permanently lost their hair. Permanent hair loss is known as alopecia.

Plaintiffs in Taxotere lawsuits allege that the drug manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, knew about the potential of permanent hair loss, but did not warn doctors or patients appropriately about the risk.

If you had permanent hair loss because of using Taxotere, call Goldwater Law Group to find out if a Taxotere lawsuit could be right for you. Studies have shown that the drug caused permanent hair loss and no other benefits that couldn’t be found in other chemotherapy drugs.

Don’t wait. Call Goldwater Law Firm right away to schedule your free case evaluation.