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Plavix Consolidation Motion Filed For Federal Lawsuits

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Bristol-Meyers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis have filed a motion requesting all federal lawsuits filed against Plavix be centralized and consolidated for pretrial proceedings.

The drug companies have requested that at least 13 Plavix lawsuits filed in New York, Arizona and New Jersey be consolidated before Judge Freda Wolfson in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Defendants say that all complaints revolve around common issues of the drug manufacturers development and research of Plavix.

Plaintiffs oppose the motion saying they believe it to be a delay tactic which would slow the progress of the cases, some of which are more than five years old. Also, plaintiffs say that the New Jersey cases are advanced in their depositions, so combining them with cases from the other states would slow the progress that has been made. Plaintiffs also say that some of the cases from states other than New Jersey include things like a 2010 FDA black box warning that genetics can play a role in the efficacy of Plavix.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is set to hold a hearing on the motion on December 1, 2011 to decide on whether to consolidate the cases. disclaimer: This article: Plavix Consolidation Motion Filed For Federal Lawsuits was posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at 7:40 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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