Texas Plaintiff and Minnesota Man Join Levaquin Litigation
Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a popular broad-spectrum antibiotic that has been implicated in a large number of side effects involving rotator cuff tears, tendon damage and tendon rupture.
Today, more than 2,500 Levaquin lawsuits have amassed in federal and state courts against Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, a unit of Johnson & Johnson.
$1.8 million Levaquin lawsuit settlement
One Levaquin lawsuit has gone to trial so far. In December, Minnesota octogenarian John Schedin won $1.8 million in compensatory and punitive damages after a jury determined the drug manufacturer failed to adequately warn him and others about the risk of Levaquin tendon rupture. Schedin suffered two ruptured Achilles tendons while using the antibiotic.
2500 Levaquin lawsuits
Several other plaintiff’s names have been revealed among the 1,500 or so plaintiffs whose cases are consolidated in a New Jersey court and the nearly 1,000 plaintiffs whose Levaquin lawsuits are consolidated in a federal court in Minnesota.
One plaintiff, Kenneth Edward Adams, filed a Levaquin lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas after he suffered permanent injury to his elbow tendons while using the antibiotic.
Adams’ lawsuit states: “Levaquin-induced tendon injury involves the degradation of the tendon tissue, leading to severe and permanent injuries,” according to the Southeast Texas Record.
Levaquin lawsuits consolidated in federal MDL
Adams’ lawsuit, filed in a federal court, has been consolidated in the federal MDL, which is being overseen by US District Judge John R. Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.
Adams is asking for compensatory damages as well as compensation for lost income, permanent disability and pain and suffering. He has reportedly requested a jury trial.
It is unclear when, if ever, Adams’ trial will take place.
The next Levaquin lawsuit scheduled for trial is a Levaquin tendon rupture case brought by Calvin Christensen of Minnesota. Like most Levaquin tendon rupture victims, Christensen is elderly. The case is set to go to trial on May 31, 2011. The first Levaquin trial in state court is set to begin in August or September, 2011.
The defendant may choose to reach settlements with many of the plaintiffs being represented by a Levaquin lawyer before their cases ever go to trial.