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Pradaxa®

Burg Simpson is not currently pursuing new Pradaxa® cases.

Burg Simpson and Seth A. Katz are pleased to announce that Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its related companies agreed to pay $650M to settle nearly 4,000 claims brought on behalf of individuals who were injured after taking Pradaxa®.

PRADAXA® MDL RESULTS IN $650M GLOBAL SETTLEMENT

In May of 2014, Seth A. Katz and Burg Simpson led the Multidistrict Litigation against the manufacturer of Pradaxa® to a successful resolution through a global settlement in which Boehringer Ingleheim paid $650,000,000 to settle approximately 4,500 claims by users of Pradaxa®. The litigation and settlement included a substantial number of wrongful death claims.

Claims against Boehringer Ingleheim, the manufacturer of Pradaxa®, alleged that the drug caused uncontrollable bleeding, causing injuries and death. Pradaxa® is in a class of drugs known as Novel Oral Anti-Coagulants and was approved by the FDA in October of 2010. Pradaxa® was promoted as an alternative to Warfarin (Coumadin) that did not require routing blood monitoring and did not require patients to avoid certain foods that interfere with older anti-coagulants.

In September of 2012, Seth A. Katz was appointed by the Hon. David R. Herndon, U.S. District Court Chief Judge for the Southern District of Illinois, to serve as Co-Lead Counsel in the MDL. The MDL was formed in August of 2012 and the litigation was hard fought at every stage. Burg Simpson was one of a very small number of law firms that led this litigation in every aspect of discovery.

The Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee reviewed tens of millions of pages of documents produced by Boehringer and conducted approximately 50 depositions of current and former Boehringer employees both in the U.S. and in Europe. As Co-Lead Counsel of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Mr. Katz conducted or participated in approximately half of the depositions. Additionally, the PSC was successful in bringing two sanctions motions against Boehringer for violations of the discovery process, one of which resulted in a fine of close to $1,000,000, which was affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
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BLOOD THINNER PRADAXA® & POTENTIALLY FATAL SIDE EFFECTS

Concern surrounding the safety of Pradaxa® has been growing for some time. In December 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Pradaxa® Safety Announcement, in which the agency confirmed that is was evaluating post-marketing reports of serious bleeding events in patients taking Pradaxa®.

The makers of Pradaxa® are heavily promoting their latest drug as the new and improved alternative to Warfarin—the standard front line therapy for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) for more than 50 years. Pradaxa® has no known reversal agent. This stands in stark contrast to Warfarin, which can be reversed in the event of an emergency or bleeding event.

Read the FDA Safety Announcement regarding Pradaxa®.

PRADAXA® SIDE EFFECTS

Pradaxa® has been linked to excessive bleeding that can be serious or fatal. Signs or symptoms of serious bleeding may include:

Bleeding that is severe or uncontrollable
Bruises that happen without a known cause or that get larger
Coughing up blood or blood clots
Menstrual or vaginal bleeding that is heavier than normal
Nose bleeding
Pink or brown urine
Red or black stools (looks like tar)
Unusual bleeding from the gums
Vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds

In the News

Seth A. Katz speaks on Ring of Fire about Pradaxa®

 November 19, 2019

Jury Awards a $58.5 Million Verdict in the “Body Parts Case”

Jury Awards a $58.5 Million Verdict in the “Body Parts Case”: 10 of 21 plaintiffs who sued a now-shuttered body donation company were awarded $58.5 million by an Arizona jury. Burg Simpson shareholders Michael S. Burg, David K. TeSelle, Holly B. Kammerer, and their team of lawyers and legal professionals, recently brought justice for their clients when a Maricopa County… Read more »

 November 8, 2019

Injured? Med Pay Benefits May Be Available

Injured? Med Pay Benefits May Be Available Medical payment insurance, or “med pay” for short, is a type of insurance that provides for the payment of an injured person’s medical bills- up to a certain amount- if there has been an accident, regardless of who was at fault. Although one can purchase med-pay insurance as… Read more »

 November 6, 2019

BURG SIMPSON: “BEST LAW FIRM 2020” RECIPIENT

BURG SIMPSON: “BEST LAW FIRM 2020” RECIPIENT ABOUT THE “BEST LAW FIRMS” LIST U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers cooperatively released its tenth annual list of “Best Law Firms” rankings. Burg Simpson was included as a #1 National Ranked law firm for Mass Tort Litigation & Class Action suits. Firms included in the 2020 Edition of… Read more »

 November 5, 2019

Channel 7 Interviews Burg Simpson About the “Human Body Part Case”

THE HUMAN BODY PART CASE Channel 7 interviews Burg Simpson About the “Human Body Part Case”: Michael S. Burg and David K. TeSelle, trial lawyers at the Denver-based firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, were recently interviewed by Denver’s Channel 7 about a once-secret black-market industry that involves the selling of human body… Read more »

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible – Mass Tort | Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices

 November 12, 2019

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible – Mass Tort | Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices

Burg Simpson’s Colorado mass tort attorneys have represented thousands of people who have suffered serious side effects after taking dangerous medications or those who have been hurt by a defective product.  If you have suffered injuries related to a defective drug or medical device, contact the Burg Simpson mass tort team at 303-790-2525.

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 November 8, 2019

Bike Crash Safety Video – Burg Simpson Personal Injury

The personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson help fellow bicycle enthusiasts understand how to protect their rights after a bike crash and stay safe on the roads. If you have been hurt in a bike crash and need help, reach out to us today by calling our office or filling out our online free case… Read more »

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

 July 1, 2019

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

The Jeremy Bitner Foundation was established in honor of Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner. Detective Bitner lost his life in the line of duty on May 28, 2012, after being struck and killed by a vehicle while performing a traffic stop. Jeremy served the Englewood Police Department for 8 years and during that time was assigned… Read more »

The 2019 Burg Simpson Scholarship Awards Dinner

 May 7, 2019

The 2019 Burg Simpson Scholarship Awards Dinner

The 2019 Burg Simpson Scholarship Awards Dinner was held at Maggiano’s on April 25th to recognize the ten winners of the firm’s annual scholarship competition. The firm’s founder Michael Burg, and shareholders Peter Burg and Stephan Marsh presented awards to the 2019 winners! This year’s recipients included Ms. Madison Frotten, Mr. Dale Kim, Ms. McKenna… Read more »

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