Federal and State Court Xarelto Judges Aim for Cohesion

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana, who oversees the centralized Xarelto Products Liability Litigation MDL (multi-district litigation), is coordinating with Judge Kevin Dougherty of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, who ordered the consolidation of nearly 200 similar state court lawsuits in that jurisdiction. Judges Fallon and Dougherty will work together to avoid duplicative efforts in discovery and pre-trial proceedings, and also to prevent conflicting rulings, in the hopes of streamlining the numerous pending cases, all alleging that drugmakers failed to adequately warn of the severe bleeding risk and lack of antidote available to Xarelto-prescribed patients.

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