Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Xarelto Litigation Goes to Judge Fallon in New Orleans

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) that prevents the formation of blood clots. Xarelto is used to prevent or treat a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). A DVT can occur after certain types of surgeryXarelto is also used in people with atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder) to lower the risk of stroke caused by a blood clot.
Xarelto lawsuits continue to be filed on behalf of people who suffered serious bleeds as a result of taking Xarelto. In light of how many lawsuits have been filed, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) elected to coordinate the litigation in front of a single federal judge. The JPML transferred the Xarelto litigation to Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Judge Fallon is a well-respected judge who has extensive experience handling large scale products liability litigation. Over the next several months, Judge Fallon will get orders in place appointing Plaintiff's counsel leadership and determining issues affecting confidentiality, document production, scheduling, and discovery among other issues. It is expected that the Xarelto litigation (entitled In re: Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2592) will continue to grow exponentially with more cases being filed every month.