NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As Nexium lawsuits and other kidney injury claims involving proton pump inhibitors continue to mount in courts around the U.S., parties to those cases have been given additional time to respond to a motion seeking the centralization of all such federal claims in a single U.S. District Court. According to a docket entry posted on November 7th by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), responses are now due on or before November 17, 2016.
"Our Firm is representing plaintiffs in Nexium lawsuits involving chronic kidney disease and other renal complications that are now pending in federal court. We will continue to monitor the nationwide litigation closely, and look forward to the JPML's decision regarding the possible consolidation of these cases," says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP. The Firm is now offering free legal reviews to individuals who were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, acute kidney injury, or acute interstitial nephritis following extended use of prescription or over-the-counter proton pump inhibitors. Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuits According to a Motion for Transfer filed with the JPML on October 17th, there were at least 15 proton pump inhibitor lawsuits pending in courts around the country. Since then, additional claims have been filed against the manufactures of PrevAcid, Prilosec and Nexium on behalf of plaintiffs who allegedly developed chronic kidney disease, acute interstitial nephritis, renal failure and other kidney complications due to their use of the popular heartburn medications. Plaintiffs who filed the Motion for Transfer asserted that hundreds of such claims could eventually be filed, and have proposed that the growing federal litigation be consolidated in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana. The creation of a multidistrict litigation for federal proton pump inhibitor lawsuits would allow these claims, as well as any filed in the future, to undergo coordinated pretrial proceedings, including motion practice and discovery. As such, centralization of these cases would preserve the resources of the courts, parties and witness involved in the litigation.