Monday, December 22, 2008

Gadolinium Lawsuits Line Up

Lawyers for the plaintiffs and lawyers for the manufacturers of gadolinium based MRI contract agents have filed a joint list of 193 NSF lawsuits which are eligible to be among the first cases prepared for trial in the consolidated federal litigation.

There are over 350 NSF lawsuits that have been filed in federal and state courts throughout the United States alleging that the manufacturers of five different gadolinium MRI contrast agents failed to adequately test their products or warn that they could cause a progressive and potentially fatal condition associated with the hardening and thickening of the skin, severely restricting movement.

All of the federal cases have been consolidated in an MDL, or Multidistrict Litigation, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, where they are being handled by Judge Dan Polster for pretrial litigation.

The 193 cases consist of those lawsuits where the parties have agreed that there has been a “good faith substantiation” of which of the five different gadolinium contrast agents were used and where the plaintiff alleges that they have been diagnosed with Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF). The list was narrowed down from over 250 cases which have been consolidated in the MDL.

From various sources, including lawyer colleagues,