CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation today ordered Lipitor lawsuits that are currently pending in federal courts nationwide to be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Charleston, South Carolina. The lawsuits allege that Lipitor caused women to develop type-2 diabetes. Fourteen of the suits are pending in South Carolina. The Honorable Richard M. Gergel is currently presiding over the South Carolina cases and was assigned the MDL today.
Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman (RPWB) partner Blair Hahn who has spearheaded the Lipitor litigation to date said, “We are excited the panel has decided to consolidate these cases in South Carolina. I believe this will be important litigation to thousands of injured women and to the medical community at large. We look forward to working with Judge Gergel and the parties in Charleston.”
The Honorable Richard M. Gergel has been on the federal bench for almost four years and previously in private practice for more than twenty years.
Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman’s represents clients in sophisticated civil litigation in areas such as antitrust, asbestos, catastrophic personal injury, class actions, consumer lending, environmental, pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, pharmaceutical drug pricing, products liability, and securities fraud.
RPWB has offices in Barnwell, Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant, S.C.