Lauachus et al v. McKesson Corporation et al
ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE. (alsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/30/2017)
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UNITED STATES JUDICIAL PANEL
MUL TIDISTRICT LITIGATION
IN RE: ELIQUIS (APIXABAN) PRODUCTS
MDL No. 2754
Before the Panel:· Plaintiffs in the 12 actions listed on Schedule A move under Panel Rule
7.1 to vacate our orders conditionally transferring their actions to MDL No. 2754. 1 Defendants
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) and Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer) oppose the motions to vacate and
support transfer. Defendant McKesson Corporation did not file a response.
After considering the argument of counsel, we find that these actions involve common
questions of fact with the actions transferred to MDL No. 2754 and that transfer under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1407 will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient
conduct of the litigation. Like many of the actions in the MDL, these actions involve factual
questions arising from allegations that Eliquis (apixaban) caused plaintiffs to suffer severe bleeding
and related injuries, that defendants failed to conduct sufficient testing of the drug, and that
defendants' warnings and instructions as to the alleged risks were inadequate. See In re: Eliquis
(Apixaban) Prods. Liab. Litig.,- F. Supp. 3d-, 2017 WL 490702 (J.P.M.L. Feb. 7, 2017).
In support of their motions to vacate, plaintiffs principally argue that the actions were
improperly removed, and motions for remand to state court are pending. They also contend that
remand is a near certainty, asserting that judges in the Northern District of California have ordered
remand of similar Eliquis cases on the same theory invoked by defendants here. Jurisdictional issues
do not present an impediment to transfer, as plaintiffs can present these arguments to the transferee
judge. 2 See, e.g., In re: Prudential Ins. Co. of Am. Sales Practices Litig., 170 F. Supp. 2d 1346,
1347-48 (J.P.M.L. 2001). Additionally, the Panel does not have the authority to determine the
• Judge Lewis A. Kaplan took no part in the decision of this matter.
Plaintiffs in five other actions also filed motions to vacate orders conditionally transferring
their actions (Jackson, Garcia, Stark, Fonger, and Stetler). They since voluntarily dismissed their
actions, and the Panel Clerk thus issued orders vacating the conditional transfer orders as to those
actions on May 24 and May 25, 2017.
Moreover, under Panel Rule 2.1 (d), the pendency of a conditional transfer order does not
limit the pretrial jurisdiction of the court in which the subject action is pending. Between the date
a remand motion is filed and the date that transfer of the action to the MDL is finalized, a court
generally has adequate time to rule on a remand motion if it chooses to do so.A CERTIFIED COCPLYERK
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-2applicability of a judge's remand ruling in one case to other arguably similar cases, and thus we
regularly order transfer of actions over the objection that remand is required under applicable
precedent. 3 Transfer in these circumstances comports with the well-established principle that
"Section 1407 does not empower the MDL Panel to decide questions going to the jurisdiction or the
merits of a case, including issues relating to a motion to remand." See In re Ivy, 901 F.2d 7, 9 (2d
Plaintiffs further contend that their actions are factually distinct from the centralized actions
because, in addition to common defendants BMS and Pfizer, they have sued McKesson. But transfer
does not require a complete identity of parties or factual issues when, as here, the actions arise from
a common factual core. 4
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the actions listed on Schedule A are transferred to the
Southern District ofNew York and, with the consent of that court, assigned to the Honorable Denise
L. Cote for inclusion in the coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings.
PANEL ON MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION
Sarah S. Vance
Marjorie 0. Rendell
Ellen Segal Huvelle
Catherine D. Perry
Charles R. Breyer
R. David Proctor
See, e.g., In re: Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 2592, Transfer Order,
Doc. No. 1040, at 1 (J.P.M.L. Dec. 7, 2016) (transferring two actions over plaintiffs' objection that
judges in the transferor district had "ordered remand of similar cases removed to that district"); In
re: Avandia Mktg., Sales Practices and Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 1871, Transfer Order, Doc.
No. 1159, at 1 (J.P.M.L. Oct. 2, 2013) (rejecting plaintiffs' argument that "remand of their actions
is a foregone conclusion" under the transferee court's remand rulings, noting "we do not have the
authority to determine the applicability of a ... judge's ruling in one case to other arguably similar
See, e.g., In re: New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc., Prods. Liab. Litig. , MDL No.
2419, Doc. No. 382, Transfer Order at 1 (J.P.M.L. Feb. 18, 2014).
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IN RE: ELIQUIS (APIXABAN) PRODUCTS
MDL No. 2754
Central District of California
LEBASTCHI v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 2:16-08115
DELLUTRI v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 2:16-08124
WILLIAMS v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 2:16-08133
AGUIRRE, ET AL. v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 2:16-08137
BARSKY, ET AL. v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 2:16-09516
HAYES v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 5:16-02280
ALTARE, ET AL. v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 5:16-02621
STUART v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 8:16-01988
Northern District of California
SCHNEIDER v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 3:17-00876
HERNANDEZ v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 3:17-00891
LAUACHUS, ET AL. v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 4:17-01286
Southern District of California
QUARG v. MCKESSON CORPORATION, ET AL., C.A. No. 3:16-02711
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