Levaquin Injury Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson And Ortho-McNeil Begin In May 2010
Hundreds of product liability lawsuits have been filed against Levaquin manufacturers Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Ortho-McNeil alleging that the fluoroquinolone antibiotic drug used to treat urinary tract infections causes injury to the Achilles tendon, tendonitis, tendonapathy and tendon ruptures. The first trial begins in May, 2010.
Levaquin attorneys say that Levaquin manufacturers knew about the drug's risks, but failed to warn consumers. They also say that manufacturers actively engaged in covering up Levaquin's side effects and manipulated clinical data in order to increase profits. Similar lawsuits have been filed against pharmaceutical companies which manufacture fluoroquinolone antibiotic drugs such as Bayer's Cipro and Avelox, Oscient Pharmaceutical's Factive, Merck & Company's Noroxin and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical's Floxin. While the first bellwether Levaquin trial begins in May, it may set the tone for the hundreds of fluoroquinolone antibiotic injury lawsuits filed against manufactures.
First Levaquin trial begins in May 2010
Six Levaquin injury victims have been chosen for the first bellwether trials (test cases) according to an order from Judge John R. Tunheim, who is overseeing the Levaquin Multi-district litigation (MDL) currently pending in the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Those Levaquin plaintiffs are Sharon Johnson, Calvin Christensen, Richard Kirkes, John Schedin, Edward Karkoska and Eugene Martinka – all of whom allege that they have suffered serious Levaquin side effects. Depositions of experts will begin at the end of May 2010 and the first of those lawsuits is scheduled to begin in October 2010.
Have you been injured?
If you've been injured due to Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic drug, contact an experienced lawyer today to discuss your situation as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Keep in mind that every state has its own statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit, so contacting an attorney as soon as possible is in your best interests – even if you just want to explore the options available to you.