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“What is Product Liability Law and How Does It Affect My Zantac Cancer Claim?”

In the wake of thousands of Zantac cancer claims and lawsuits being filed against drug manufacturers, many potential claimants are asking, “What is product liability and how does it affect my Zantac cancer claim?”

In this blog post, we’ll explain what product liability law is, and how it make impact your Zantac claim or lawsuit.

IMPORTANT: If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer after taking brand-name Zantac, you may be eligible for a product liability claim and our experienced Zantac lawyers can help. For a FREE, no-obligation consultation, please call 1-800-525-7111.

There is no obligation and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation. 

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.

Zantac and Product Liability: How Are They Related?

If you’re wondering, “What is product liability and how does it affect my Zantac cancer claim?”, here’s what you need to know:

Under product liability claims, product manufactures (including drug makers) can be held liable for a wide variety of defects in their products. Product defect claims, such as the current Zantac cancer lawsuits, generally depend on what kind of product defect is alleged.

Product defect claims under product liability law generally address three broad categories of defects:

  1. Design defects
  2. Manufacturing defects
  3. Insufficient labels

What is Product Liability Law and How Does It Affect My Zantac Cancer Claim - Riddle & BrantleyOur North Carolina product liability lawyers have extensive experience investigating product liability claims, such as those stemming from NDMA contamination in Zantac and ranitidine. We have more than three decades of experience holding potentially negligent manufacturers accountable.

Recent studies linking Zantac to as many as 20 different types of cancer suggest that ranitidine drugs may have a defective design because they can be contaminated with NDMA.

Product Liability and Zantac Cancer Claims: Lawsuits Allege Design Defects and Potential Negligence

Design defects are a common basis for product liability claims like Zantac cancer cases, because a product’s flawed design may sometimes pose an inherent danger to consumers. For example, certain medications may be found to contain design defects that can potentially cause serious health issues or dangerous chemical reactions.

Although the FDA requires drug companies to rigorously test their products to identify health risks before marketing to consumers, some companies may cut corners on these tests, ignore unfavorable results, or fail to warn patients and medical providers.

What Are the Product Liability Allegations Against Zantac - Riddle & BrantleyIt is alleged that certain drug companies manufacturing Zantac and ranitidine medications may have been aware of potential NDMA contamination for decades and failed to warn consumers of the risks posed by NDMA as an ingredient in Zantac.

If this is true, the product liability lawyers at Riddle & Brantley may be able to fight on your behalf to hold these manufacturers liable for their potential negligence in failing to warn millions of consumers of the Zantac cancer risk.

For a FREE consultation with an experienced Zantac cancer lawyer about a potential claim or lawsuit, please call 1-800-525-7111.

There are no upfront costs and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.

Justice Counts for those who have suffered cancer potentially due to NDMA-contaminated Zantac, and we would love to help you fight for justice and compensation if we can.

Call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced product liability lawyer handling Zantac cancer claims.

What is the Link Between Zantac and Cancer?

In April 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an order for drug manufacturers to immediately remove all ranitidine medications (including the brand-name drug Zantac) from store shelves.

The FDA’s recall order comes in response to test results that showed that Zantac and other ranitidine drugs contain NDMA, a chemical substance that researchers have linked to a variety of cancers.

Ranitidine drugs, including Zantac, help reduce stomach acid and prevent cancers.

Because it can be purchased without a prescription, Zantac is one of the most popular and widely used over-the-counter heartburn relief medications. However, studies have shown that when ranitidine drugs are stored for long periods of time above 72° F, the NDMA impurities present in ranitidine can build up and significantly harm consumers when ingested.

Given the wide availability of prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs, many thousands of consumers may be entitled to financial compensation for Zantac manufacturers’ negligence in exposing them to a probable human carcinogen. These claims fall within product liability law, and an experienced product liability lawyer can help with a potential Zantac cancer claim or lawsuit.

NDMA such as discovered in Zantac has been linked to at least 20 different types of cancer, including:

“I was diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac. Can I file a product liability claim against Zantac?”

If you think your cancer was caused by brand-name Zantac, you may have a claim against Zantac for damages 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

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.

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.

How Can a Product Liability Attorney Help Hold Zantac Manufacturers Accountable?

Product Liability Lawyers in North Carolina - Riddle & BrantleyIf you qualify for a lawsuit and decide to hire us, our experienced Zantac cancer attorneys will help you get the justice you deserve by seeking to hold Zantac manufacturers accountable for these alleged defects under the theory of product liability tort.

A product liability claim is a way to hold manufacturers responsible for circulating dangerous or defective products and compensate the consumers they have harmed.

At Riddle & Brantley, our experienced Zantac cancer attorneys have been fighting to hold drug manufacturers accountable for dangerous and defective medications through product liability claims since 1985. In more than three decades serving injured victims, we’ve secured millions of dollars in compensation for our deserving clients (see disclaimer below).

If you’ve taken Zantac and have developed cancer, let us fight to hold these potentially negligent companies accountable and get you the compensation you deserve.

For a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Zantac cancer lawyer handling product liability claims and lawsuits, please call 1-800-525-7111.

We don’t get paid unless you do. It’s as simple as that.

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

“What compensation am I entitled to in my Zantac cancer lawsuit?”  

In the aftermath of the FDA’s Zantac and ranitidine recall, Zantac settlement attorneys have been fighting on behalf of consumers who may have developed cancer due to taking brand-name Zantac (or a “hybrid” mix of brand-name and generic versions).

We believe Justice Counts for everyone no matter what, and if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer as a result of taking Zantac, you deserve justice and may be entitled to compensation.

“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”

Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client

Since the current Zantac lawsuits are based on similar claims, these product liability lawsuits have been consolidated into one large case involving multiple plaintiffs in order to speed up litigation against the manufacturers.

Therefore, the amount of compensation you could receive in a Zantac settlement depends on many factors, including:

  • the total amount the case is settled for
  • how severe each claimant’s damages are
  • and other legal factors

Keep in mind that compensation is not guaranteed if you file a Zantac cancer claim or lawsuit. The outcome of any case depends on the unique facts and circumstances of the product liability claim.

For a FREE, no-obligation consultation with a product liability attorney handling Zantac cancer claims, please call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s talk.

Because we work on a contingency basis, there are absolutely no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.

Call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your Zantac cancer claim.

Justice Counts.


Christina Stone is a personal injury and product liability attorney at Riddle & Brantley. She joined the firm after graduating from the University of North Carolina Law School, where she served on the prestigious North Carolina Law Review.

***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). 

*** 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.