“Acetaminophen is the generic name of a drug found in many common brand name OTC products such as Tylenol, as well as prescription products such as Vicodin and Percocet. Acetaminophen is an important drug, and its effectiveness in relieving pain and fever is widely known. This drug is generally considered safe when used according to the directions on its labeling. But taking more than the recommended amount can cause liver damage, ranging from abnormalities in liver function blood tests, to acute liver failure, and even death.”**
The petition to the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation states that “Centralization and consolidation of the Tylenol is beneficial to both plaintiffs and defendants, and reduces duplicative discovery, avoids conflicting rulings from different judges.”
Attorneys for the plaintiffs requested that the 28 cases currently pending against McNeil PPC Inc., McNeil Consumer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson be coordinated and consolidated at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia.
“All of the products liability cases referenced by the plaintiffs’ lawyers allege that McNeil marketed and sold its over-the-counter Tylenol products in a manner that concealed the margin of risk of liver toxicity and liver failure,” according to the filings for the petition.
The Pennsylvania Record, the state’s legal newspaper, reported that a total of 21 of the 28 cases are currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and although they were originally assigned randomly to various judges within that district, they have all since been reassigned by the court’s chief judge to
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