August 2013 — In August 2013, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred the first 53 cases against Merck, Amylin, Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk to MDL No. 2452. The original cases came from state courts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
Since all of the lawsuits claim the drugs caused pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis, the court felt it would be more efficient to centralize the cases because they all would likely use the same experts and go through the same discovery process.
Reference: “Januvia, Byetta and Victoza Lawsuits – MDL History & Appeals.” Drugwatch.com, 20 Apr. 2020, www.drugwatch.com/januvia/lawsuits/.