Thursday, August 25, 2011

AstraZeneca Seroquel Litigation - Chicken Pluckers, Chicken Catchers, and the Plucked Seroquel Victims

Plaintiff Law Firms @ press conference announcing the great Seroquel Settlement Deal

AstraZeneca Seroquel Litigation - Chicken Pluckers, Chicken Catchers, and the Plucked Seroquel Victims

 I happened upon this interesting little tid bit of commentary at Point of Law .com today, and thought it was worth sharing here while I'll been taking some time to mull over writing more commentary related to the settlement offer packets that have been or are in the process of being sent to many thousands of Seroquel injury victims. 

Though, I have to say that for myself and unquestionably for the vast majority of plaintiffs injured by this drug with irreversible conditions including diabetes and related ailments: an "envisioned big pots of gold" was never a thought that crossed my and others minds when we entered into this litigation process. 

What we have asked for, and still do ask for; is an equatable & fair settlement or verdict, that would insure that victims of this drug received reasonable health care (now & in the future), recovery of actual losses, recognition of our pain and suffering, and the admission or a jury determination that indeed AstraZeneca & their Drug Seroquel with intended malice and forethought caused e-measurable suffering and injury to many tens of thousands of American citizens. 


From Point Of Law .Com

Seroquel mass tort settlement?

August 25, 2011
Posted by Ted Frank
Alison Frankel is reporting claims that the last major chunk of the Seroquel litigation is settling confidentially at the nuisance rate of about $92 million for 2300 claims (after the first 25000 or so cases settled for an even smaller $647 million). These are figures that reflect avoiding the costs of defense rather than any risk of loss. Some plaintiffs who envisioned big pots of gold after being recruited by firms that advertised for Seroquel plaintiffs and then had their claims sold en masse to the chicken pluckers are disgruntled, but mass-tort litigation is designed to benefit the attorneys, rather than any plaintiffs, victims or otherwise. (Separately, I find it fascinating that attorneys are not allowed to hire runners to recruit clients—with the result that some attorneys effectively act as "chicken-catchers" indistinguishable from runners.)

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