AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals appears to be using more delay tactics in their billion dollar defense efforts to keep the vast majority of Seroquel damage suit trials from ever reaching a jury.
If you haven't noticed AstraZeneca has been in the news consistently for one sleazy practice after another. Now it appears that with a little influence in high places and buckets full of cash the American justice system is finally made in active proclamation that it is only designed to protect wealthy corporations with endless delays and frivolous motions in judges chambers. This while they continue profiteering at the tune of a estimated 5 billions dollars a year from a drug that has shown to damage and kill patients that ingest it.
If AstraZeneca or plaintiff legal firms are under any fantasy impression that injured plaintiffs are going to accept a insulting and trivial $11, 000 settlement for a life long adverse medical conditions caused by the Seroquel, they are having some serious delusional episodes and need some serious intervention in the form of a huge wake up call. Bloomberg News and Judge Conway might want to check with injured plaintiffs before making statements & continued rulings that delay justice and trials in these cases.
Let me put it out there as plain and simple as it can be said. The Supposed settlement being reported will be soundly rejected by the vast majority of injured plaintiffs in these cases. That means there is no settlement. Dealing and negotiating with evil criminal corporations like AstraZeneca is paramount to having a sit down, chat, and tea with the devil himself.
All these supposed well sourced news outlets might want to stop taking the meaningless "word" of AZ's PR spin mouthpiece Tony Jewell or trust anything AstraZeneca says when reporting erroneous settlement offers and figure totals which amount to little more than bargaining bait and propaganda.
If one was to just glance at AstraZeneca's dubious track record, they might conclude they are running their legal efforts much like they run their drug operations, with a bunch more misleading/deceptive marketing schemes and perpetual dangerous lies.
In reading this news below I would have to say something doesn't smell quite right around this litigation, and this isn't passing the gut check test using even the furthest stretches of one's most forgiving imagination.
AstraZeneca Given More Time to Settle 6,000 Seroquel Lawsuits
By Jef Feeley
Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- AstraZeneca Plc was given more time to settle 6,000 lawsuits claiming its antipsychotic drug Seroquel causes diabetes after a group of judges decided not to send the cases back to their home courts for trials.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation yesterday vacated orders sending the cases, consolidated in federal court in Florida, in courts across the U.S. after a judge said the move might hinder settlement negotiations. London-based AstraZeneca has settled about two-thirds of the 26,000 Seroquel cases pending against it.
“A remand at this juncture would likely disrupt the settlement dialog,” U.S. District Judge Anne Conway, based in Orlando, Florida, said in an Aug. 30 order asking the judicial panel to forgo remands. Returning the cases could “stall negotiations altogether,” Conway said.
AstraZeneca officials said they would continue to work with a mediator to resolve the remaining lawsuits over Seroquel.“We remain committed to a strong defense effort, but will continue to participate in the court-ordered mediation process,” Tony Jewell, a U.S. spokesman for the drugmaker, said in an interview yesterday
AstraZeneca, the U.K.’s second-biggest drugmaker, still faces at least 8,000 cases in both state and federal courts alleging Seroquel causes diabetes in some users. The drugmaker won the first jury trial over those claims in state court in New Jersey in March.
Seroquel, with sales of $4.9 billion last year, is the company’s second-biggest seller after the ulcer treatment Nexium. AstraZeneca trails only London-based GlaxoSmithKline Plc among U.K. drug companies.
AstraZeneca officials said last month that they agreed to pay about $198 million to settle 17,500 suits over Seroquel. Those accords provide average payouts of about $11,000 for former users of the drug.
Having the 6,000 cases go back into the court-ordered mediation process won’t improve the chances they will settle at those prices, said Ken Bailey, a Houston-based lawyer who represents former Seroquel users in most of those suits.
“I’ll participate in the mediation process and either they will be settled or they won’t, but in my opinion, they won’t be settled” if AstraZeneca continues to offer only $11,000 a case, Bailey said.
Michael Kelly, a Wilmington, Delaware-based lawyer for AstraZeneca who serves as the drugmaker’s lead negotiator in the settlements, didn’t return a call for comment on the remand or settlement talks.
Related reading & links:
The Seroquel story is one of deception for profit - AstraZeneca is committed to a strong defense effort to battle lawsuits for diabetes:Seroquel it's about money not your health - http://tinyurl.com/39v574rOrganized Pharmaceutical Corporate Crime - crimes including murder masked as medicine for profit - http://tinyurl.com/26kcjo3
dougbremner in Video clip discussing the case of MA v Riley, psychotropic med (including high dose of Seroquel) related death of 4 year old. http://bit.ly/bQp7d4