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Zantac Cancer Lawsuit
There is currently multi-district litigation or MDL (MDL No. 2924) occurring against the manufacturers and distributors of Zantac and Zayed Law Offices is investigating claims in Illinois and throughout the United States.
If you or a loved one have taken Zantac (prescribed or over the counter) and believe you have a cause of action to become part of this aggregate litigation, contact the Zantac lawsuit attorneys at Zayed Law Offices today for an absolutely free consultation.
Zantac Class Action Lawsuit
If you believe that you or a loved one are suffering from a cancer related to Zantac usage whether it was over-the-counter or prescribed by a doctor and you live in the Chicago area, in Illinois, or anywhere else in the United States, then contact the personal injury attorneys at Zayed Law Offices for a free consultation.
At the time of writing, we are in the early stages of the Zantac MDL No. 2924 and our personal injury attorneys are investigating claims and Zantac lawsuits in Chicago, in Illinois, and throughout the United States.
Due to the pending MDL and the severity of the claims, there is a distinct urgency to prosecuting Zantac cancer cases and currently, discovery proceedings are underway and information is being collected to assess the size and scope of all potential claims.
Your Rights in A Zantac Lawsuit
If you or a family member or loved one is suffering from cancer and was taking Zantac at any point, then you may have a right to be included in the Zantac MDL or be able to sue for damages and recover medical costs, costs for pain and suffering, loss of income, and more.
In early 2020, a Zantac cancer MDL or MDL No. 2924 was formed so that all claimants will be able to share and pool resources to investigate claims in the aggregate and seek justice for their grievances.
An MDL or multidistrict litigation process is similar to a class-action lawsuit but different in that a class-action case involves a single lawsuit filed by a large group of people who have suffered similar harm by the same defendant or group of defendants (e.g., a single company or corporate entity that may involve multiple individuals), while an MDL case involves multiple lawsuits filed by different parties.
Claimants in the Zantac lawsuits have been ordered to complete two info sheets so that the Court can ascertain the number of potential cases or plaintiffs and the grievousness of their injuries.
If you are interested in pursuing a Zantac cancer lawsuit or believe you have a Zantac cancer case, please contact the personal injury lawyers at Zayed Law Offices immediately so we can get started working on your behalf.
The time to get involved in the Zantac MDL is now.
Why Are Zantac Lawsuits or Ranitidine Cancer Lawsuits Happening?
Zantac or ranitidine is a well-recognized and commonly used brand in the United States, and it has been sold for over thirty years.
What’s more, Zantac was one of the most prescribed drugs in the U.S., so there’s a very good chance that you or someone you care about has taken Zantac at some point in their lives.
Zantac belongs to a family of drugs known as histamine-2 or H2 blockers and often referred to as antacids, which work by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Before being banned, Zantac was one of the best-selling drugs in U.S. history.
The FDA approved prescription Zantac for the short-term treatment of stomach ulcers in 1983 and in 2004, an over-the-counter form of Zantac was approved as a treatment for heartburn.
You probably recognize the names – ZANTAC 75® Regular Strength and ZANTAC 150® Maximum Strength.
Recommended Zantac dosages ranged from 75 milligrams to 300 milligrams daily, although some patients may have taken higher amounts.
In 2019, third-party laboratory testing showed dangerous levels of NDMA, resulting in the stoppage of Zantac being sold in the United States.
CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and other drug stores took the product off the shelves as early as the fall of 2019.
Sanofi S.A., the manufacturer of the branded version of Zantac, issued a recall at the time which was followed by an FDA warning that confirmed that NDMA was found in Zantac and it could build up in your system if Zantac was consumed with any kind of frequency.
This official FDA warning was issued in April 2020 and confirmed that taking Zantac on a regular basis or even sporadically is linked to a meaningfully higher chance of developing certain types of cancer.
In the aforementioned warning, the FDA stated that “the impurity (NDMA) in some ranitidine products (e.g., Zantac) increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures.”
This may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels of this impurity.
Zantac Lawsuit Update 2021
As of September 2021, the cases for the Zantac MDL or Zantac multi-district lawsuit are being consolidated in a class-action federal court in the Southern District of Florida with an aim towards starting the initial bellwether trials in 2023. Judge Robin L. Rosenberg is presiding over MDL no. 2924.
Factual discovery has begun with an October 1st deadline for a plan as to how bellwether cases will be selected and initial expert witness disclosures due November 1st, 2021.
Factual discovery from the defendants’ and plaintiffs’ expert witness reports are due December 20, 2021, and the cases will proceed from there.
You should be aware that a bellwether trial is a sample trial composed of a smaller subset of a larger group of plaintiffs that allows all parties involved to get an idea of what the future holds.
It indicates trends in litigation that can help plaintiffs and defendants determine how they want to proceed. Cases or plaintiffs that are not selected for the bellwether trial will still be able to participate later and are eligible for settlements or damages.
Accordingly, if you file a Zantac claim in federal court, regardless of where you live, where the prescribing doctor practices, or where the harms occurred, your lawsuit will wind up in Florida (note that you do not necessarily need to physically be in Florida to participate in this case – please contact the personal injury attorneys at Zayed Law Offices if you are in Illinois and believe you have a cause to participate in this MDL).
When will the Zantac Lawsuit be Settled?
Based on the latest information, there is a proposed schedule and location for the Zantac MDL and if that is adhered to, there could be a settlement negotiation for Zantac victims in late 2022 or early 2023.
While this may seem like an overly long time for you or a family member who has been waiting for damages, but there is a clearer path to a settlement than there has been and things are moving along.
Zantac Lawsuit Settlement Amounts
A Zantac settlement could be worth a substantial amount of money in the future, so please follow our updates on this page and contact us as soon as possible if you believe that you or a loved one are eligible to participate in the lawsuit.
Note that there are more than ten manufacturers of the prescription versions of Zantac or ranitidine and more than twenty manufacturers of generic ranitidine or generic Zantac, so multiple defendants and related parties were involved in the Zantac lawsuits until a judge dismissed the generic manufacturers from MDL no. 2924 in August 2021, a ruling which will likely be appealed.
While this may be considered a tragedy, there is a positive side to this ruling contained in the fact if it indeed holds up on appeal the Zantac multidistrict litigation will be considerably streamlined and plaintiffs’ attorneys including the team at Zayed Law Offices can file the aforementioned appeal while also having more time to further investigate and prepare the scientific background to the Zantac cancer cases against manufacturers Sanofi S.A., Glaxo, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Pfizer.
Regardless of the version or versions of Zantac or ranitidine you or the individual in question used that may have led to the development of gastrointestinal or other related cancers, you may still have a claim in the Zantac MDL or similar lawsuits.
NDMA And Zantac Lawsuits
Finding NDMA in Zantac has grave implications.
This is because NDMA is a known human carcinogen and is listed as a potent human carcinogen by the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Exposure to high amounts of NDMA has been linked to several different types of cancer, and people who take prescription or over-the-counter Zantac have been ingesting this hazardous chemical into their systems on a daily or regular basis.
Even the lowest levels of NDMA found via the aforementioned FDA testing are alarmingly high, so it is probable that people who have regularly taken either or both the over-the-counter or prescription versions of Zantac have a meaningfully higher chance of developing certain types of cancer.
While many types of cancer have been linked to NDMA and any type of cancer can make you eligible to participate in the Zantac MDL, gastrointestinal tract cancers and breast cancers are the most closely linked as of this writing.
Reasons for a Zantac Lawsuit and MDL
For decades, people who suffer from heartburn and acid reflux often have turned to Zantac for both occasional relief or long-term treatment for their digestive issues and stomach ailments.
Furthermore, many adults may have been giving their children this heartburn medication without realizing that it has been recalled and that there have been significant and dire warnings about the product and its links to cancer and related problems.
Because taking Zantac with any kind of frequency can result in a build-up of NDMA in one’s system and NDMA is a known human carcinogen linked to gastrointestinal cancers and other types of cancers, individuals who are suffering from those cancers and their families may be eligible to recover damages from the drug’s manufacturer Sanofi S.A.
Since Zantac was so widely prescribed and used and therefore the potential cases are spread across multiple districts and state lines, there has been an MDL or multi-district litigation process established to streamline or coordinate the pretrial motions and discovery proceedings that go into building a case.
The efficiency and economy of an MDL process allow all parties involved to save money and valuable time when it comes to getting results and recovering damages on the plaintiffs’ behalf.
MDL or multidistrict litigation can also expedite the entire process of a lawsuit against the makers and distributors of Zantac.
MDL lawsuits can still take weeks or months to deliver a result, but generally are quicker or speedier than individual lawsuits.
Do I Have a Zantac Lawsuit Case?
If you are wondering if you or a loved one or family member is eligible to join the Zantac MDL or Zantac litigation, the requirements are fairly simple – if you or they have developed cancer after taking Zantac (whether over-the-counter or prescription or both), then you may have a cause of action or case and you should contact the Zantac attorneys at Zayed Law Offices as soon as possible for a free consultation.
The personal injury lawyers at Zayed Law Offices are currently working with clients who have developed cancer either while actively taking or after taking over-the-counter or prescription Zantac (or some combination of the two versions).
Therefore, if you or a family member has developed any of the following types of cancer after regularly taking Zantac, contact the personal injury team at Zayed Law Offices via our simple online contact form for a free no-obligation consultation.
Types of cancer linked to Zantac usage include but are not limited to:
- Bladder cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
If you have developed other types of cancer and were a former Zantac user, please do not hesitate to contact the Zantac lawyers at Zayed Law Offices as well.
We will investigate your case and help you determine if you are eligible to participate in the Zantac MDL.
Our Zantac lawsuit team is actively assessing and signing Zantac cancer cases where Zantac was used regularly by the plaintiff for more than six months.
Note that the stronger the correlation between your usage of or consumption of Zantac and subsequent cancer, the stronger your case will be.
The first concern in these cases and investigations is whether you – the plaintiff in this scenario – have regularly used Zantac.
The highest awards or highest monetary amounts recovered will likely be correlated with specific cancer variants that are the most closely linked to the gastrointestinal system, including but not limited to:
- Liver cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Colon cancer, rectal cancer, or colorectal cancer
- Breast cancer
The usage of prescription-strength Zantac, as opposed to over-the-counter Zantac, is also an important factor in correlating causation between the cancer and the medication.
The length of time that you or your loved one took Zantac is considered as well, with cases where Zantac was used for time periods or durations of six months or longer having a greater chance of correlating causation between developing cancer and taking Zantac.
Connected Illnesses and Long-Term Side Effects of “Zantac Cancer”
While developing cancer and the associated treatment and recovery is certainly traumatic and a grievous injury in and of itself, there are long-term side effects of Zantac-related cancers that can also have a lifelong effect, including but not limited to Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel and digestive tract disease that causes diarrhea, pain, weight loss, and cramping) and PPH or Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (this causes the blood vessels in the lungs to become narrow, which consequently causes high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery).
The suffering and costs associated with these and other illnesses or ailments connected to Zantac cancers can be considered in lawsuits for damages due to Zantac or ranitidine usage.
Other Long-Term Effects of Ranitidine or Zantac Usage
While cancer due to Zantac or ranitidine (the generic of Zantac) usage is the primary focus of the Zantac MDL or MDL no. 2924, there are other negative effects of prolonged exposure to NDMA and Zantac that may be cause for damages, including but not limited to:
- Liver failure
- Enlarged liver
- Reduced liver function
- Scarring of the liver
- Fibrosis of the liver
- Reduced kidney function
- Reduced lung function
- Skin rashes
- Hair loss
- Vitamin B-12 deficiency
- Reduced platelet levels
- Cardiac arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat
- Tachycardia or rapid heartbeat
- Nervous system problems
- Elevated risk of pneumonia
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps, constipation, or diarrhea
- Dizziness, drowsiness, or other sleep problems
- Tender breasts (in males)
- Decreased sex drive
If you or a family member or loved one experienced these symptoms or ailments and you regularly used prescription or over-the-counter Zantac or ranitidine (generic Zantac), then you should consult with a doctor or medical professional as well as a Zantac lawsuit attorney who will help investigate your claim and determine if you have a case within the current Zantac MDL or multidistrict litigation.
How Do I Start the Zantac or Ranitidine Cancer Lawsuit Process?
You can initiate the process of joining the Zantac cancer MDL lawsuits, making a claim, and filing a Zantac lawsuit by contacting an experienced personal injury attorney or firm working with Zantac cancer plaintiffs on MDL No. 2924 who can help investigate your claims and handle your case throughout the process.
Do I Pay a Fee for a Zantac Lawsuit Consultation?
At Zayed Law Offices, operating in the Chicago and greater northern Illinois areas, you’ll never pay a fee for a consultation and you won’t pay in general until we recover damages in the form of a settlement or a judge’s decision in your case.
How Do I Find a Zantac Lawsuit Attorney?
If you or a loved one have used Zantac in the past and are now suffering from cancer, then you should consult with a personal injury lawyer or Zantac lawsuit attorney who is part of the group of firms pursuing the Zantac MDL and MDL 2924 cases around the country, such as the team of personal injury attorneys at Zayed Law Offices.
The Zantac litigation or Zantac multi-district litigation (MDL) is currently underway, and if you are in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois or in the United States, the team of personal injury attorneys at Zayed Law Offices are part of the first wave of personal injury lawyers that are investigating and prosecuting Zantac cases for people who have been diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer after frequent Zantac usage.
Why Should I Hire a Zantac Lawsuit Attorney?
If you think you have a cause of action or a case for a lawsuit as part of the Zantac litigation due to the fact that you or a family member or loved one has suffered from cancers linked to NDMA in Zantac (whether it was prescribed to you by a doctor or over the counter), then you should seek a personal injury lawyer who is handling Zantac MDL cases in your region.
How Much Can I Get from Zantac Lawsuit?
Plaintiffs’ attorneys speculate that the Zantac cancer lawsuit cases may be worth up to $10 billion or more combined, but the MDL action is underway and no actual numbers or monetary amounts have been finalized as of this writing.
However, potential damages and recovery amounts are likely to be high.
Under United States and Illinois law, the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit can pursue compensation for losses including but not limited to:
- Current and future medical costs including but not limited to hospital visits, doctor’s appointments, chemo, radiation, and surgery costs, physical therapy, hospital and ambulance fees, and other related costs for medical care necessary to treat and recover from cancer.
- Pain and suffering or the emotional distress and anguish that result from cancer, including the costs of mental health care through treatment and for post-traumatic stress disorder or similar conditions.
- Lost wages from missing due to cancer treatment and recovery, which can be one of the most financially devastating aspects of having cancer
- Loss of future income due to cancer and recovery, including any physical or mental impairment that may have occurred as a direct result of the cancer
- Loss of enjoyment of life due to cancer resulting Zantac usage
- Punitive damages
Wrongful death lawsuits may also be connected to Zantac lawsuits if your loved one or family member passed away due to cancer developed in connection with Zantac usage.
If you believe that your family member passed away from cancer connected to taking Zantac on a regular or long-term basis, contact the Zantac lawsuit attorneys at Zayed Law Offices as soon as possible for a free consultation.
If you or a loved one developed cancer in connection with taking Zantac at any point and you believe that you have a Zantac lawsuit case and are owed damages, contact a personal injury attorney at Zayed Law Offices as soon as possible.
We are here to assist throughout the entire process and we don’t take any fees until you get compensation or recover damages from the Zantac MDL or similar litigation.
Zantac Lawsuit Settlements and Jury Trials
While a Zantac lawsuit or any other kind of personal injury lawsuit case may be settled out of court for a monetary amount agreed upon by both the defendant and plaintiff and their lawyers, a Zantac lawsuit case may go to trial if a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached.
With Zantac lawsuits being so wide-reaching and part of an MDL or multidistrict litigation, jury trials are to be expected.
Zantac lawsuits and any sort of personal injury lawsuits go to trial due to a number of reasons.
For instance, if the negligent party or parties are solely at fault but their insurance won’t acknowledge the fault of the policyholder, the case may be taken to trial to enable a judge and jury to decide if damages should be awarded and in what amounts.
In the case of the Zantac MDL, all of the pretrial motions and discovery proceedings are consolidated into one court that covers all jurisdictions so damages will be awarded as per the result of that process.
What Do I Do During a Zantac Lawsuit?
During a Zantac lawsuit (or any other kind of lawsuit or legal action or mediation), you should only communicate with representatives or lawyers for the defendant via your own legal team.
It is essential that you do not have contact with the party or parties being sued for damages during your Zantac lawsuit case and that all communication goes through your attorney.
All questions and concerns should be routed through your Zantac cancer lawyer.
Our Zantac Lawsuit Attorneys Are Here to Help
At Zayed Law Offices, our first and foremost goal is to protect the rights of the injured.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident or been the victim of negligence and you have questions about personal injury lawsuits or compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering, are wondering how to pursue a personal injury case, or whether you have a cause of action to file a legal claim against the manufacturers and distributors of Zantac or ranitidine, we can help you understand the associated laws and your options.
We know that any kind of cancer or illness can be a catastrophic and traumatic event that affects you, your family, and your career in many complicated and devastating ways.
Furthermore, the effects of having cancer of any type can last for many years into the future, affecting your health, medical costs, current and future income, and even your family’s future if you lose earning capacity or the ability to care for yourself.
What’s more, if you’ve lost a loved one to an avoidable cancer or another kind of wrongful death, our Chicago wrongful death attorneys will help you get a settlement and to deal with the grieving process as best you can without the extra stress of dealing with insurance companies and other third parties.
All of the above reasons are why you should work with a personal injury attorney who is connected with the Zantac MDL and related litigation.
We can help you recover costs for pain and suffering, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, medical bills, disability, and emotional distress.
Have you or a loved one developed cancer as a result of over-the-counter or prescription Zantac usage and need a personal injury lawyer to help you sue for damages?
We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your legal situation and your rights in a Zantac lawsuit and help you determine the next steps.
We’ll schedule a time that is convenient for you and please note that you will not pay lawyer’s fees unless we recover compensation for you.