How Long Will It Take to Get a (Potential) Zantac Settlement?
This is a question that we hear often from clients when filing a Zantac lawsuit. It’s tricky, and not really even a fair question for a few simple reasons.
The most important thing to keep in mind when considering this question is that, as of August 2021, there have been no settlements of Zantac lawsuits and litigation is ongoing. All defendants, including Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, continue to deny any negligence or wrongdoing. So the best answer to the question, “How long will it take to get a Zantac settlement?”, as frustrating as it may be, is that it depends… and a settlement is not even sure to happen.
There are never any guarantees that a case will result in a settlement or favorable verdict, and the outcome of Zantac lawsuits will depend on the unique facts and circumstances of each case.
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).
“Ok… but what if Zantac cases do ultimately settle?”
There are no guarantees that Zantac lawsuits will end in a settlement, but if they do settle, how long might it take? Based on recent mass tort cases involving other potentially dangerous drugs, we can make some reasoned predictions.
A Potential Zantac Global Settlement — How Long Could It Take?
If Zantac lawsuits do result in a settlement — particularly a “global” settlement affecting thousands of plaintiffs in mass tort litigation — it could be several years before plaintiffs receive any Zantac lawsuit payout.
This “educated guess” is based on many factors, including:
- The number of Zantac cancer claims
- The time involved in the “discovery” phase
- The date of the first Zantac “bellwether” trials
- The strength of the evidence presented against Zantac manufacturers
- The strength of the evidence presented by the defense
- The outcome of any Zantac trials
- Defendants’ tolerance of litigation costs and potentially negative media attention
- The length of negotiations between plaintiffs’ and defense counsel
- How long it takes for plaintiffs to agree to a global settlement
- How long it takes for a federal judge to approve any potential settlement agreement
“Tiers” in a Global Settlement
Remember, the amount of compensation a plaintiff may receive in a potential settlement in a mass tort case depends on multiple factors, as well — and there are no guarantees, ever. These factors include but are not necessarily limited to:
- The severity of the plaintiff’s injuries
- The strength of the evidence supporting the plaintiff’s claims
- The settlement “tier” that a plaintiff is placed in based on those factors
How to File a Zantac Claim
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer after taking brand-name Zantac, you may be entitled to compensation in a Zantac lawsuit. Our firm is actively investigating these claims and representing clients in this litigation.
For a FREE consultation with an experienced Zantac lawsuit attorney concerning a potential brand-name Zantac lawsuit alleging that Zantac causes cancer, call 1-800-525-7111.
You may qualify for a Zantac lawsuit if you meet the following criteria:
- Used brand-name Zantac only
- Suffered from at least one of the following cancers:
- Bladder cancer
- Liver cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Must have used brand-name Zantac after October 1984
- Must have used brand-name Zantac for a minimum of one year
- Must have used brand-name Zantac once per week for a minimum of six months
- Must have been diagnosed with a qualifying cancer within 20 years of last dose
- Must not have been a smoker in the past 20 years if diagnosed with lung cancer
- Must be 64 years of age or younger at the time of diagnosis if diagnosed with prostate cancer
Certain other criteria may apply. For a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Zantac lawsuit attorney, please call 1-800-525-7111.
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.
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.
The consultation is free, and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.
Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your claim.
Our firm has been holding potentially negligent manufacturers accountable for decades, and we’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for injured plaintiffs (see disclaimer below).
“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”
–Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client
Justice Counts and we would love to help you however we can.
*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.