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Zantac RICO Lawsuit and Potential Zantac Racketeering

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  September 3, 2020   |  

***UPDATE: The Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed all RICO claims against all defendants in late June 2021.

If you watch TV, you’ve likely seen Zantac commercials touting the merits of this supposed wonder drug. However, the truth about Zantac is now being revealed. A RICO lawsuit has been filed including racketeering allegations related to Zantac cancer claim lawsuits.

If you or a loved one have taken Zantac, you should be aware of the Zantac RICO lawsuit and allegations of Zantac racketeering, as well as the serious cancer risk associated with Zantac and ranitidine.

Zantac RICO Lawsuit - Riddle & Brantley Zantac Cancer LawyersThe class action lawsuit claiming Zantac (Ranitidine) causes cancer consists of a whopping 1,361 pages. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of more than 225 plaintiffs, highlighting the alleged wrongdoing of 54 defendants throughout the drug industry involved with Zantac and generic ranitidine.

All in all, the lawsuit contains 314 counts, including breach of warranty, unfair trade practices, product liability and more.

The accusation of Zantac racketeering is especially important. To be more specific, the accusations within the Zantac racketeering lawsuit concern the alleged Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or, “RICO” for short.

If these allegations are proven true, this could present serious consequences for the defendants.

Are You a Victim?

Our legal team is here to fiercely advocate for justice on behalf of those who have potentially been victimized by the makers of Zantac.

If you or a family member have taken brand-name Zantac and been diagnosed with cancer, please call 1-800-525-7111 as soon as possible for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys are here and we offer a free case review and investigation.

There are no upfront costs and no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today to speak with an experienced Zantac cancer lawyer for a FREE consultation.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, the federal MDL has limited the Zantac claims we can accept to bladder, esophageal, stomach, liver, and pancreatic cancers only. We understand that other cancers may be linked, but we are unfortunately unable to assist with these claims at this time due to evidence and recent court rulings.

Zantac Racketeering Lawsuit: What Allegedly Happened?

The Zantac RICO lawsuit alleges that the makers, distributors, re-packagers and sellers of Zantac knew about the drug’s dangers. Furthermore, it is alleged these parties knew of the dangers of other drugs containing ranitidine. It is alleged these parties failed to fulfill their duty of care to fully investigate the dangers of Zantac and ranitidine. The lawsuit also alleges the defendants failed to use good practices in terms of manufacturing, transporting and storing the drug.

Zantac Racketeering Lawsuits - Riddle & Brantley Zantac LawyersIt is even alleged the defendants misrepresented Zantac in marketing materials, intentionally hiding the risk that the drug might contain the toxic chemical Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The plaintiffs insist the defendants concealed this risk in order to advance their bottom line.

Ranitidine’s Connection to NDMA

Last year, numerous unbiased pharmaceutical lab technicians identified the connection between NDMA and ranitidine. It was determined that ranitidine breaks down, converting into NDMA within the stomach. These findings were revealed to the general public in late 2019. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) subsequently demanded all products within the United States containing ranitidine be removed from the market.

Alarmingly, Zantac and other drugs meant to treat heartburn had been available to the public for more than three decades. It is alleged that potentially thousands of victims were harmed during this time as a result of the defendants’ alleged failures, omissions and inaccurate representations.

If you’ve taken brand-name Zantac and been diagnosed with certain types of cancer, you may have a Zantac cancer claim and be entitled to compensation. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation and claim investigation by our experienced Zantac lawyers.

The consultation is free and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your case.

IMPORTANT: A federal judge recently ruled against lawsuits concerning generic Zantac. At this point, we can only accept cases concerning use of brand-name Zantac OR “mixed” use of brand-name Zantac and generic equivalents.

The RICO Component of the Zantac Lawsuit

The Complaint’s counts pertaining to RICO make the Zantac lawsuit that much more complex and expansive. It is alleged the makers and sellers of Zantac deceived the public in order to make a considerable profit. In fact, the lawsuit alleges that the defendants engaged in intentional activity. The Complaint states the defendants intentionally downplayed Zantac’s safety risks to boost revenue in the form of billions of dollars from the plaintiffs, who unknowingly purchased a product that may cause cancer.

The RICO law was passed roughly half a century ago. At first, this legal tool was used to prosecute the mob. However, the scope of the law has since expanded to individuals and organizations outside of the mob. RICO law is somewhat unique in that it has both criminal and civil aspects. In the context of the Zantac racketeering lawsuit, the civil component is especially important as the plaintiffs might be provided awarded damages.

If the plaintiffs’ attorneys can show the defendants committed the acts in question, which may include mail and wire fraud along with a pattern of activity that constitutes racketeering, the Zantac RICO lawsuit may prove successful. Such a pattern of activity occurs when a minimum of two acts that relate to one another are proven to have been committed.

Zantac Racketeering Lawsuit: Specific Allegations

The Zantac RICO lawsuit alleges the defendants conducted an intentional enterprise in 11 unique ways. Examples of such alleged acts include but are not limited to:

  • Supposedly concealing Zantac safety risks
  • Misrepresenting those risks
  • Manufacturing the drug after its safety was questioned
  • Misleading the public
  • Collecting revenue after the aforementioned misguidance

Zantac Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys - Riddle & BrantleyIf you or a family member have taken Zantac and suffered from cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a no-cost initial consultation and case review.

Our experienced Zantac lawsuit attorneys are here to help you seek justice however we can.

If you’ve taken Zantac or ranitidine for an extended period of time and suffered from any of these forms of cancer, you may qualify for a claim or lawsuit, and you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

Have you or a loved one taken Zantac and been diagnosed with cancer?

You don’t have to go through this alone, and you deserve justice.

If you or a family member have taken brand-name Zantac and been subsequently diagnosed with cancer, please call us at 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE consultation today.

We have a list of cancers potentially caused by Zantac that may qualify you for a Zantac cancer claim or lawsuit.

The Zantac cancer claim attorneys at Riddle & Brantley have been fighting for justice for injured victims for more than three decades, and we would love to see how we can help.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your claim.

Justice Counts and we would love to help however we can.


***Disclaimer: No settlement agreement has been reached in any litigation regarding ranitidine (ZANTAC®), including in the Multidistrict Litigation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (case no. 20-MD-2924).