Zantac lawsuits allege Zantac causes cancer. Our law firm is currently reviewing Zantac cancer lawsuits in all 50 states brought by ranitidine users diagnosed with cancer.
Our lawyers offer free consultations. There is no fee or cost unless you receive money in a settlement.
The Zantac suits are moving forward quickly. Plaintiffs' lawyers speculate that a Zantac class action lawsuit settlement amount could be worth more than $10 billion. Our attorneys are vigorously investigating lawsuits for victims like you.
Our lawyers have narrowed our search to five types of cancer linked to this heartburn drug:
Our Zantac lawyers are not taking prostate, colon, lung, kidney, or breast cancers. Is it because these types of cancer are not caused by Zantac? No. Below, our attorneys explain why we are not handling these cancer claims despite our belief that NDMA causes these cancers.
This page talks about what our attorneys expect in Zantac cancer lawsuits moving forward in 2022. Our lawyers predict Zantac settlement compensation payouts, who will qualify for compensation, and when settlements may occur. This page last received a status update on July 11, 2022.
ZANTAC LITIGATION UPDATES
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About Zantac and Cancer
July 11, 2022 Update: There is a national Zantac class action lawsuit. But there are also Zantac lawsuits that have been filed in state court in California. There are four cases set to go trial in Alameda County in 2023 in February, May, August, and October.
This is helpful to pushing the forward a Zantac settlement. Why? Trial dates put real pressure on the defendants in the Zantac lawsuit. Requiring them to battle in a favorable jurisdiction like Alameda County while also putting the foot on the gas in the federal MDL Zantac class action helps push the effort to make these defendants offer reasonable Zantac settlement amounts or risk a jury trial.
July 8, 2022 Update: On June 30, a motion was filed pro se (without an attorney) by a discontented plaintiff asking the Zantac MDL Judge to “reinstate” breast cancer claims in the MDL. The motion was filed after the plaintiff was advised that the Plaintiff Leadership Committee (PSC) was not pursuing certain types of cancer claims (including breast cancer) because of causation issues. Last week, the MDL Judge issued an Order denying the pro se motion and explaining that “the Court has at no point dismissed any cancer-specific claims from this MDL, and, as a result, there is nothing to reinstate.” The Order further clarified that the status of breast cancer and other types of claims that are not being pursued will be decided at a later date.
June 27, 2022 Update: Defendants in the Zantac cancer lawsuits filed their motions seeking to disqualify the plaintiffs’ causation experts. The core of the challenge is that the evidence of the association between NDMA and Zantac insufficient for the five type of cancer that are alleged to be connected to this heartburn medication.
These motions are commonly referred to as “Daubert” motions. This is common tactic utilized by defendants in almost all product liability cases. Daubert challenges are rarely successful because the standard for disqualification of expert opinions is very high. More the to point, our Zantac lawyers believe the evidence of a connection between the NDMA in Zantac and cancer is strong. The plaintiffs will file oppositions to the Daubert motions and a hearing on the challenges has been set for September.
June 4, 2022 Update: Zantac lawyers continue to battle this week over pre-trial discovery issues. The Zantac class action discovery judge recently granted a motion by the plaintiffs asking the Court to compel the defendants (Sanofi and Chattem) to allow the MDL plaintiffs to participate in the upcoming deposition of a Sanofi IT employee in a Zantac case in state court.
For the last 16 months, attorneys for the Zantac plaintiffs have been accusing Sanofi of deliberately deleting internal company emails. The plaintiffs want to depose the Sanofi IT employee because he allegedly had first-hand knowledge of the alleged email deletions. On Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Reinhart granted the motion and gave the MDL plaintiffs one hour to question the IT employee at his deposition.
As the first Zantac bellwether trial date gets close, tensions are rise for lawyers on both sides. This is typcially what you see in any class action lawsuit.
May 17, 2022 Update: The Zantac bellwether test trials in the class action appear to be solidly on track to begin as scheduled this October. Last week, the Zantac MDL Judge issued Pretrial Order #77 setting concrete deadlines for summary judgment motions in advance of trial. The deadline for defense motions will be June 13, 2022, with hearings set for September 20. The plaintiffs’ deadline for their own motions will be July 6, with hearings set for September 28.
April 28, 2022 Update: There are now 2,100 filed Zantac cancer lawsuits in the MDL. The real number is much higher. The exact number is harder to pin down now because many Zantac lawsuits are being dismissed that are not one of the five types of cancers that are moving forward in the class action.
April 25, 2022 Update: The key issue in the Zantac lawsuit is whether NDMA causes cancer. Plaintiff's experts rely upon an article authored by Dr. Mira M. Hidajat, a British researcher, to support this scientifically uncontroversial opinion that NDMA causes cancer. This article does not address NDMA in Zantac. But experts - especially Dr. Mary Beth Terry - defending Glaxo and the other defendants went to great lengths to cast doubt as to whether the study was scientifically sound. So Zantac plaintiffs' lawyers asked Dr. Hidajat - who has no prior experience as a litigation expert - to write a report to address the defense experts' opinions. Naturally, the defense lawyers objected to this rebuttal expert. The court will hold a 40 minutes Zoom hearing on Friday to decide whether this expert will be permitted to testify in rebuttal to the defendant's experts.
Zantac (ranitidine) belongs to a family of drugs called histamine-2 or H2 blockers. Ranitidine and other H2 blockers decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach. H2 blockers are called "antacids" and the Zantac OTC versions are commonly used to treat and prevent heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD) and peptic ulcer disease. Prescription-strength Zantac is used for the treatment of very severe heartburn and more serious conditions such as stomach/intestinal ulcers.
Zantac was a very popular antacid drug since the 1980s. It was the 50th most prescribed drug with 15 million prescriptions a year. Millions more purchased the drug and its generic equivalent over-the-counter. Many taking Zantac had just mild gastroesophageal reflux disease and would have never taken the drug unless someone had advised them of the risk of developing cancer.
This drug was originally developed by the European pharmaceutical company Glaxo (n/k/a GlaxoSmithKline). It was approved as a prescription drug in the United States in 1983. Glaxo invested millions aggressively promoting the drug to doctors and the general public.
Zantac became one of the best-selling drugs in pharmaceutical history. It was the first medication to reach $1 billion in annual U.S. sales. Drugmakers made a fortune.
One of the keys to the marketing strategy was the emphasis that this acid reflux drug worked well - which it did - and that it was safe and harmless. But, as anyone reading this likely knows, lab testing of ranitidine (the active ingredient in Zantac) found high levels of a chemical called NDMA. This contaminant is known to cause cancer.
In September 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a public safety warning about possible cancer risks from Zantac. In the wake of the FDA safety warning, there has been a Zantac recall and ranitidine medications have been abruptly pulled from shelves across the country.
The total number of filed MDL Zantac cancer lawsuits as of April 16, 2022, is 2,100. But over 70,000 census forms have been filled out at the last count and that number is likely higher now. (This is the result of a tolling agreement that pushes back the statute of limitations if you properly register your claim.).
The gist of the Zantac lawsuit is very simple. Plaintiffs allege that Zantac degrades over time and from exposure to heat and moisture like most drugs. But unlike most drugs, Zantac degrades into dangerous levels of NDMA, a chemical most experts agree causes cancer. Thousands of people have filed Zantac cancer lawsuits alleging that they developed cancer as a result of their high levels of NDMA exposure.
N-Nitrosodimethylamine ("NDMA") is an unstable organic chemical that is usually created unintentionally as a byproduct of certain industrial processes. NDMA is very toxic to the human body (especially the liver) and it has been recognized as a human carcinogen since the 1970s. Dimethylhydrazine, the "D" in NDMA, is a component of rocket fuel. Rocket fuel is about as healthy as you think.NDMA Causes Cancer
Does Zantac cause cancer? It is hard to construct an argument against the notion that Zantac causes cancer. The evidence that NDMA causes cancer is overwhelming. No ranitidine lawsuit defendant will dispute that this contaminant is a carcinogen. (Update: This is wrong. Zantac defense lawyers struggle to admit the sky is blue.)
NDMA has repeatedly caused cancer in every animal lab test in the last 40 years. Zantac has the constituent molecules to form NDMA. Ranitidine medications degrade from chemical reactions caused by heat, humidity, and time into NDMA. They also degrade in the Zantac user's stomach, particularly with interaction with foods that are high in nitrates. There is further concern about how Zantac can degrade to NDMA just over time, requiring shorter expiration dates and warnings about the risks.
So NDMA causes cancer. The compound is also listed as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and various other organizations. The CDC points out the risks of NDMA even at low doses. Calling this contaminant a "probable carcinogen" is dramatically understating the case.Valisure NDMA Testing Findings NMDA in Zantac
In the spring of 2019, Valisure performed independent testing of antacid drugs because of NDMA concerns. The results of this testing came as a shock to many. But it should not have. Ranitidine was suspected back in the 1980s of reacting with nitrite in the stomach to make NDMA.
The Valisure testing found that ranitidine contained levels of NMDA that were off the charts. According to the FDA, the maximum safe level of daily NDMA exposure is 96 nanograms (ng). The Valisure testing found that one over-the-counter Zantac tablet contained 2,511,469 ng of NDMA. This equated to roughly 26,000 times the maximum daily limit of NDMA! That is incredible, right?
Valisure immediately reported its testing results to the FDA in July 2019 in a Citizen Petition. The petition said that the formation of NDMA is likely a chemical reaction caused by the inherent instability of the ranitidine molecule.FDA Tests on NDMA in Zantac
In September 2019, the FDA announced that it had conducted tests on ranitidine. The FDA's laboratory tests also found NDMA in ranitidine medications. But the FDA found much lower levels than the Valisure tests. (The FDA tests were flawed. They did not use sodium nitrate which we think everyone will ultimately agree is critical if you want reliable results.) Even the "low levels" of NDMA found in the FDA testing were considered "unacceptable" and led to a public safety warning about the cancer risks.
Generic Zantac manufacturers voluntarily recalled their products after the FDA warning. The FDA, leading from behind as they often do, finally ordered a Zantac voluntary recall.
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In December 2020, another study came out to give us a clear picture of what happened with Zantac and NDMA. The study linked increasing NDMA levels to the degradation of hydrochloride molecules in Zantac. It also lends new credence to the theory that heat that is created when ingesting the drug might contribute to the process that increases the NDMA levels.
(This is no surprise. The over-the-counter box for Zantac states “avoid excessive heat” and to store the drug below 77°F. Was the drug transported using temperature-controlled heating systems? Typically, no.)
Two articles, both published on January 29, 2021, detailed Valisure researchers’ findings on Zantac. One of them, published in JAMA, reported on a simulation of Zantac’s reactions to gastric fluids. The other, published in MedRxiv, also found that certain conditions facilitated Zantac’s transformation into NDMA.
NDMA Concentration Study
In the JAMA article, researchers found that Zantac converts into high NDMA concentrations. They combined simulated gastric fluid (SGF) with Zantac. After two hours, a 150 mg Zantac tablet converts into 947 nanograms.
This was almost 10 times the FDA’s acceptable daily consumption limit for NDMA. The researchers also found that increased nitrate concentrations caused the same tablet to convert into 320,000 ng.
Making matters worse, Zantac forms more quickly into NDMA if consumed with nitrates. Some Zantac lawsuit defendants encouraged users to take Zantac after eating nitrate-rich foods.
The MedRxiv article reported on a cross-section analysis of cancer patients. Valisure researchers compiled data comprising over 10,000 of them. They narrowed it down to patients who used Zantac. The researchers found a positive association between Zantac use and bladder cancer, among others. (Below, our attorneys provide cancers that Zantac OTC and prescription that might cause with the statistics provided by the studies in terms of elevated risk).
What other kinds of cancer does Zantac cause? Our Zantac cancer lawyers believe that more types of cancer are also implicated.Defendants Will File a Daubert Motion in Zantac Lawsuits
Defendants in these cases know how difficult it is to argue that the NDMA in Zantac does not cause cancer. They will try. But their true focus will be rejecting scientific arguments as to specific cancers that can be caused by Zantac. They will make the plaintiffs prove their cancer diagnosis is from the NDMA in Zantac.
For those types of cancer that are more challenging to link to ranitidine, you can expect the defense lawyers to file what is called a Daubert motion. The purpose of a Daubert motion is to keep those cases out of the courtroom because there is not enough scientific evidence to link a specific cancer to Zantac.Zantac Defense Lawyers' Plan of Attack
The defendants will continue to try to exploit what science does not yet fully understand. They will try to diminish the importance of any study that shows NDMA is a known carcinogen or that it is associated with an increased long-term risk of any specific cancer being addressed in the Zantac class action lawsuit.
For example, we do not know the specific amount of NDMA that causes an increased risk of cancer or the amount of NDMA individual plaintiffs were exposed to when they ingested Zantac. But our burden of proof is not this specific. Zantac attorneys have to make this clear to judges and juries.
Hopefully, the science will continue to deliver the evidence plaintiffs' lawyers need before those motions are heard.New Bladder Cancer Zantac Study
An American Journal of Gastroenterology-published study found that Zantac patients were more likely to develop bladder cancer compared to non-Zantac patients. Researchers gathered data from Scotland’s Primary Care Clinical Informatics Unit Research database.
They identified over 3,000 bladder cancer cases between 1999 and 2011. The researchers matched each case with no more than five controls. They accounted for age, gender, GP practice, and diagnosis date. The researchers identified Zantac, other H2 blockers, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in the prescription records.
The researchers reported that short-term Zantac use increased the bladder cancer risk by 22 percent. Taking the drug for at least three years increased the risk of a bladder cancer diagnosis by 43 percent compared to non-users. The researchers found that proton pump inhibitor use, even long-term use, was not associated with bladder cancer. The researchers concluded that Zantac use, especially long-term use, increased the bladder cancer risk.What These Zantac Studies Cumulatively Show
Bigger picture, the latest studies demonstrates that the medical litigation on the association between ranitidine and Zantac continues to support plaintiffs' attorneys' theories of liability in the Zantac litigation of the health complications with Zantac.
Ultimately, even before the recall, there was information out there to warn of the ranitidine risk and allow patients to pursue ranitidine alternatives.
The Zantac litigation will most likely be resolved with a global settlement of all cases. The Zantac lawsuit payouts will almost certainly be ranked into settlement tiers based on the severity of the plaintiff’s injuries and the strength of the claim. Cases in the top tier could be worth more than $500,000.
Second-tier cases may be in the $250,000 range. The lowest tier cases will likely be worth $100,000 or less.
This Zantac lawsuit payout speculation - and, make no mistake, it is pure speculation - is based on previous mass tort cases with similar injuries. Our settlement amount prediction also assumes, as our lawyers believe, that this litigation will be very successful.
Victims want to know when the Zantac suits will settle. A global settlement in the Zantac litigation will probably not happen soon. Big mass tort class action lawsuits involving thousands of plaintiffs always take time to settle.
Right now the litigation is in the middle of the consolidated expert discovery phase. Our Zantac lawyers still get calls every day from new plaintiffs interested in bringing a Zantac cancer lawsuit.
The good news is Zantac is off-the-market. This helps facilitate a more speedy settlement for Zantac victims.
What is the key to global Zantac settlement? Getting these NDMA cancer cases to trial. Plaintiffs' lawyers just took a big step towards that by filing a motion to remove some Zantac lawsuits to state court because the plaintiffs' lawyers also sued California defendants, which usually defeats federal court jurisdiction.
Having these cases in California state court would give Zantac lawyers another opportunity, and perhaps a better chance, to get a court to give us a trial date. (This was the path plaintiffs' attorneys followed in the Roundup litigation, to great success.) The sooner we get trial dates, the greater the likelihood of getting to a global Zantac cancer lawsuit settlement.
Our law firm is accepting new Zantac cases for anyone who meets the following basic criteria:
- You took prescription or OTC Zantac on a daily or regular basis for at least one year
- After taking Zantac you received a cancer diagnosis for one of these five cancers: liver, stomach, bladder, pancreatic, or esophageal
If you meet these criteria, you qualify for a Zantac lawsuit. You should call a Zantac lawyer today and we are ready to speak with you.
People taking Zantac might have unknowingly been ingesting incredibly high levels of NDMA contamination into their system daily. Even the lower levels of NDMA found in the FDA testing are alarming high, and much more than the accepted safe daily limits for NDMA. Given the known potential of NDMA to cause cancer in lab animals, Zantac users may be at significantly increased risk of various types of cancers.
NDMA ingestion from the use of Zantac may cause all types of cancer. Our Zantac lawyers talked about the five cancer than are being handled in the Zantac class action lawsuit. There are some cancers scientists may also link to NDMA in Zantac in the future.
These include breast, kidney, colorectal, prostate, and intestinal cancer. Why are these types of cancer not in the MDL? Because most Zantac lawyers do not believe that a Zantac lawsuit claiming one of these cancers will make it to trial. Because the science is not strong enough yet to support those claims.
Most legal experts are predicting a mass wave of Zantac lawsuits getting filed over the next few years. There are now 2,100 Zantac cancer lawsuits that have been filed in federal court as of April 15, 2022. The real number of Zantac lawsuits is over 50,000. The lion's share of these lawsuits are in the MDL Zantac class action lawsuit that consolidates all pending federal claims to a single federal court.
What does this mean practically for your Zantac cancer lawsuit? It means an individual Zantac lawsuit like yours in federal court is now consolidated in Florida under Judge Robin L. Rosenberg for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings.
So if you are a resident of California, New York, Illinois, Texas, or any other state, you can still directly file your Zantac lawsuit in MDL in Florida. So instead of looking for a "Zantac lawsuit attorney near me", you are better served to try to find the best Zantac lawyer for you.
We do not know. This is the first MDL for Judge Rosenberg, who was appointed to the bench by President Obama in 2014. We do know that the judge made a very tough call to dismiss all of the generic defendants.
The Zantac class action lawsuit gives the plaintiffs' Zantac lawyers a chance to pool our efforts to learn more about what Glaxo, Sanofi, and Boehringer knew about NDMAs in Zantac products and how that impacted your cancer risk.
The MDL is moving forward well, with a few hiccups. Certainly, COVID-19 has not helped. But the court has continued to fashion orders to deal with discovery and litigation in a pandemic. Zantac lawsuits will begin in California state court in 2022.
Not much. You would have to fill out a comprehensive information sheet setting out your medical history. From there, for most victims, you pretty much just wait and hope to get a settlement offer.
A short-form complaint is also very easy. So instead of filling out a long legal complaint, you simply incorporate the master complaint filed in the MDL and allege
- the defendants (which your lawyers will do for you)
- where you would have filed the lawsuit if there was not an MDL
- whether you used the prescription drug or over-the-counter
- the type of cancer you have/had
- the claims you are filing (by checking off boxes)
The Zantac class action lawsuit is moving forward and has some slow patches. Besides Covid, the reason the Zantac lawsuit is moving slowly is the litigation was a logistical mess. There were so many issues with distributor defendants, generic manufacturers, discovery disputes, etc. That took a while to resolve. Zantac trials will start this fall with the all-important Daubert hearing in July 2022.
There are also Zantac suits in state court and, as our lawyers talked about in the update above, these cases may go to trial before the MDL Zantac lawsuits.
More than the outcome of the bellwether trials, the Daubert motion on general causation will be the key in determining the settlement amounts in the Zantac cancer lawsuits, both in the MDL and in the California state court Zantac litigation.
Why? The defendants dispute that the sky is blue in the Zantac litigation. But there are things we know we know. We know that Zantac had NDMA. We know that NDMA causes a host of health complications including cancer. The real battlefield in these cases is whether NDMA was a substantial contributing cause to the victim's cancer.
Scientists know that NDMA is more likely to cause some cancers than others. So the question will be whether the judge believes the science is clear enough to allow the lawsuits to proceed to a jury on a specific type of cancer.What Do Plaintiffs' Lawyers Think About the Expected Settlement Amounts of Zantac Lawsuits?
We talk above generally about the expected settlement amounts in the Zantac lawsuits. This is another way of asking the question. What are Zantac lawsuit lawyers really thinking?
Our lawyers frequently talk to other lawyers about what they think about what the expected settlement compensation payouts might be in the Zantac lawsuits. There are some mass torts out there that plaintiffs' attorneys almost universally believe are slam dunk cases that will have a very high settlement value.
So what about Zantac? There is no consensus among Zantac lawyers on what the settlement amounts might be in these cases. Some attorneys are very high on these cases. Our law firm believes Zantac compensation will be high in terms of jury payouts and settlement amounts in the Zantac class action.
Other Zantac lawyers are less impressed with what they think these cancer lawsuit settlement amounts will be in these cases. This is true even for some attorneys who are advertising online and on television. One reason why there are so many Zantac lawsuits is that the tolling agreement and short-form complaint make these cases easy and cheap to file. So lawyers who are not gung ho on the viability of these lawsuits are still bringing suits because the effort required to file a claim is so small.
So the take-home message is that there is a wide range of opinions on how successful the Zantac MDL litigation will be. That may not be the answer you want to hear. But our attorneys think it is important that you understand that different people have different views on what the Zantac compensation payouts amounts will be. Again, our lawyers are bullish on what we think Zantac settlement amounts will ultimately be for the five cancer that remain in the Zantac class action lawsuit.
Prospective Zantac plaintiffs will include anyone who regularly used Zantac and was diagnosed with cancer. The highest individual payouts in these cases will have a cancer diagnosis with the five cancers most closely linked to NDMA and the gastrointestinal system which the drug impacts. These include Zantac patients with the following cancers:
- Bladder (our lawyers believe bladder cancer cases are particularly strong in terms of linking bladder cancer to NDMA)
- Stomach (include adenocarcinoma, carcinoid tumors, gastric lymphomas, and gastrointestinal stromal tumors)
- Pancreatic (the risk may double from Zantac use)
Except for thyroid cancer, these are the cancers listed on the latest version (version 2) of the short-form complaint in the MDL. Our attorneys believe the cancers in bold have the strongest science in their corner. But all of these cancers are likely caused by excessive NDMA.
There is a spate of research now on NDMA and the type of cancers Zantac can cause. The Sloane Memorial Cancer Center in particular is expected to come out with research that will narrow down the cancers we are at greatest risk for with NDMA exposure.
If you are thinking of joining the Zantac lawsuits you naturally want to know what settlement amount speculation of these cases might be and the possible range of individual compensation payouts.
Our Zanatc attorneys gave you some thoughts on what we think could be the potential per person Zantac payouts above. Let's reiterate: we have no real idea. Pre-trial discovery is ongoing. But we can look at other class action lawsuits and speculate and the possible financial compensation victims will receive in these cases if they are successful.
The most natural starting point is the Roundup lawsuits. This is a good comparison because the injury is cancer and liability is similarly hotly contested with good lawyers on both sides.
The defendants will trot our expert witnesses to say ranitidine is not harmful, just like experts testified passionately defending Roundup. But the other similarity our lawyers expect is a settlement that pays out over $10 billion in compensation.
The Roundup cases have an average payout of well over $100,000. The average individual Zantac settlement could be higher. Why might the Zantac lawsuits be worth more? Bayer is still, inexplicably, defending and selling Roundup. Zantac has been pulled off the market. So there is less of a need to defend the product. (2022 Update: there will likely be fewer Zantac compensation claims in the MDL than we saw with Roundup now that the number of cancers has been reduced.)
You might be asking why so little for a cancer wrongful death case. It is a good question. The settlement value of a mass tort case will likely be less than the trial value of the case. The trial value of successful Zantac cases is going to be many millions of dollars.
The Roundup claims are again a good case in point. The verdicts in those cases have all been in the millions. One was $2 billion because the jury awarded punitive damages which is something Glaxo, Sandoif, Pfizer, and Boehringer Ingelheim fear. But for cases that settle without going to trial, you can expect a lesser amount.
When will the Zantac lawsuits finally settle? Our lawyers' best guess is that it will be in 2022. Based on the court's most recent order on June 18th, it is hard to imagine a global Zantac settlement in 2021. As our lawyers talk about above, you can imagine a Zantac settlement without any trials but it is hard to imagine settlements without a ruling from the court on which cancers (if any) are specifically caused by NDMA from Zantac.Are Your Lawyers Taking Kidney and Breast Cancer Zantac Claim?
Our Zantac lawyers are no longer accepting new kidney or breast cancer cases. Initially, our attorneys believed kidney and breast cancer - especially breast cancer - would be linked to the NDMA in Zantac.
We still think Zantac caused breast and kidney cancer. But thinking about it and being able to prove it are two different things. So our Zantac attorneys have stopped - at least for now - taking new breast or kidney cancer lawsuits.
The same is true for colon, prostate, and bladder cancers. Our lawyers do believe that NDMA causes all five of these cancers and probably many more. But we do not think the science in 2022 can stand up to the rigorous requirements the court will place on plaintiffs' lawyers to produce the experts and the science to get these cancer lawsuits to trial. Our attorneys think the class action judge will dismiss these cases before they ever get to trial. This is why we are not handling these claims.Claim Census Ordered in Zantac MDL
The federal judge handling the Zantac MDL cases has ordered a 2-part census of all filed and unfiled Zantac cancer claims. There are already thousands of individual plaintiff claims in the Zantac MDL and thousands of additional claims are expected. The Zantac cases have been consolidated into an MDL and assigned to Judge Robin Rosenberg in the Southern District of Florida.
In April 2020, Judge Rosenberg issued an order that will require a 2 tiered census of all the Zantac claims. The initial part of the claim census is designed to give the court an accurate picture of the status of how many individual cases are in the MDL. This information will be used to help Judge Rosenberg select lawyers with the most clients to serve on the plaintiff leadership committee in the MDL.
The second part of the claim census will require attorneys to submit information on all individual plaintiff claims that are being investigated but have not yet been filed. The second census form will also require plaintiffs with filed cases to provide additional detailed information about their alleged Zantac usage and their physical injuries. This information will be used to help create a broad picture of the scope of alleged usage and injuries. This will eventually form the basis for grouping these individual cases into tiers for purposes of settlement.
Beyond this paperwork, plaintiffs in the Zantac lawsuits simply have to wait and see how these cases play out. They have few, if any, other obligations.Is Zantac Back on the Market?
Yes, Zantac is now back on the U.S. market. But it is a new version of the popular heartburn drug with a different active ingredient. The active ingredient in the original Zantac was ranitidine, which was the source of the NDMA contamination that led to the recall. The new Zantac formula on shelves now has replaced ranitidine with a different active ingredient.Recent Example Zantac Cancer Lawsuits
Bennett Cohen, a middle-aged resident of upstate New York, became one of the most recent plaintiffs to join the ongoing Zantac litigation earlier this month. Cohen filed his Complaint on November 19, 2021, against a group of 13 named defendants. The defendants included GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
Cohen filed his case directly in the Zantac MDL class action in the Southern District of Florida rather than filing in his home jurisdiction (Eastern District of New York) only to have the case transferred into the MDL. Cohen’s Complaint alleges that he used both brand name Zantac and generic ranitidine products in both prescription and over-the-counter forms. Cohen claims that he used Zantac regularly for a period of 17 years from 1995 to 2012.
In May 2011, Cohen was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Complaint alleges that Cohen’s prostate cancer was a direct result of his regular use of Zantac and ranitidine for 17 years. He asserts 11 separate causes of action against the defendants. Like most of the Zantac plaintiffs, Cohen’s primary theory of liability is failure to warn.
The plaintiff developed cancer over ten years ago. Why doesn't the statute of limitations bar his Zantac lawsuit? The reason the deadline to sue has not passed is because he could not have connected NDMA in Zantac with his cancer until the recall. (Call a Zantac attorney to determine the deadline to file a lawsuit in your case.)Contact Miller & Zois About Zantac Cancer Lawsuits
Our law firm is currently evaluating new Zantac cancer lawsuits. If you used Zantac and were diagnosed with cancer and seek representation, we can give you private and free legal advice and explain your options for seeking compensation for you in a civil lawsuit. Contact a Zantac class action lawyer at 800-553-8082 or fill out this contact form online for a free case evaluation.