A judicial panel on multidistrict litigation is set to hear arguments related to multi-district litigation against the medical device company Phillips.
The plaintiffs used Phillips continued positive airway pressure machines (CPAP) to manage sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing stops and starts during sleep.
The lawsuits, which have been filed in over 5 different states, claim that Philip’s CPAP machine causes various forms of cancer, particularly lung cancer. More specifically, they claim that a foam within the machine dissolves over time, sending toxic chemicals into the user’s body.
One of the plaintiff’s filed a lawsuit earlier this summer to consolidate the claims in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Phillips agreed that consolidation was necessary but argued that the Eastern District of Massachusetts was the appropriate forum.
The next hearing is set for September 21, 2021, and consolidation is expected to be a key issue.
Hold the powerful accountable
Medical device manufacturers are some of the most lucrative businesses in the world, but that doesn’t mean they’re above the law.
If you or a loved is injured by faulty medical equipment or a defective drug, know that you have options. You can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer; a successful could result in significant financial compensation.
The first step is hiring an experienced product liability lawyer. They can evaluate the facts of the case and launch a thorough investigation to uncover the truth.
Houston residents shouldn’t hesitate to reach out. If cost is a concern, many lawyers offer a free initial consultation at no out-of-pocket cost to the client.