Sanofi Accused of Destroying Emails in Zantac Lawsuits
Missing Zantac Emails Raise Troubling Questions
Did one of the primary defendants in Zantac lawsuits destroy evidence on purpose?
Sanofi, one of the primary manufacturers of brand-name Zantac, announced that thousands of emails related to ongoing Zantac lawsuits were “not preserved as intended.” The missing Zantac emails may significantly impact plaintiffs’ ability to prove negligence or wrongdoing by Sanofi.
Court filings reveal that Sanofi is investigating the issue and is due to deliver a report on its findings to a judge overseeing the Zantac multi-district litigation in August.
Zantac Court Filings Allege “Widespread” Email Deletion by Sanofi
In court filings made by lawyers representing more than 70,000 potential Zantac victims, Sanofi was accused of “widespread” destruction of employee emails related to the 2019 Zantac recall.
The alleged destruction has resulted in the “delay and/or postponement of many key Sanofi depositions,” the filings claim, and may delay the start of the first “bellwether” Zantac trials. Those first trials are scheduled to begin in 2022.
If Sanofi intentionally destroyed email evidence in Zantac lawsuits, the company may face criminal charges, however, no criminal investigation has been announced thus far.
Sanofi Denies Wrongdoing
The company, however, insists the deletion was a mistake.
“There was no intentional destruction of data,” said Ashleigh Koss, a Sanofi spokeswoman. “Sanofi is working to obtain as much of the data as possible from alternative sources.”
Koss emphasized that the company continues to stand by the safety of Zantac.
Separately, Sanofi also faces a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice over possible violations of the False Claims Act tied to the Zantac recall.
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