Taxotere Lawsuits Overview & Updates

Written By:
Jessie Paluch
Jessie Paluch

Attorney Jessie Paluch, founder of TruLaw, has over 25 years of experience as a personal injury and mass tort attorney, and previously worked as an international tax attorney at Deloitte. Jessie collaborates with attorneys nationwide — enabling her to share reliable, up-to-date legal information with our readers.

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Intro to the Taxotere Lawsuits

If you, or a loved one, has suffered from permanent hair loss as a result of taking the chemotherapy drug you may have a right to file a Taxotere lawsuit against the manufacturer.

Taxotere lawsuits are currently being filed by women who are experiencing permanent alopecia, which is the absence of new hair growth after six months to a year after treatment with the popular chemotherapy medication.

Taxotere Lawsuits; Taxotere Alopecia Hair Loss Lawsuit Infographic

Taxotere lawyers representing plaintiffs allege that Sanofi-Aventis allege that the company knew of the risk of permanent alopecia linked to Taxotere (docetaxel) as far back as 2005 and failed to warn the public.

As a result, plaintiff’s were unable to make an informed medical decision about whether the benefit of Taxotere treatments truly outweighed the risks.

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Lawsuit Updates

  • July 2024 Updates:

    The Taxotere eye injury lawsuit is ongoing. 

    The Taxotere Eye Injury lawsuit involves claims that the chemotherapy drug Taxotere causes significant eye injuries, including excessive tearing and permanent damage.

    In June, there were 273 Taxotere Eye Injury lawsuit filings.

    By July, this number increased to 301, reflecting growing awareness of the risks associated with Taxotere.

    Taxotere causes eye injuries by damaging the tear ducts, leading to chronic tearing, infections, and potential vision loss.

    These severe impacts have prompted more individuals to join the Taxotere Eye Injury lawsuit.

    The Taxotere Eye Injury lawsuit aims to hold the manufacturer responsible for the harm caused by the drug.

    Affected individuals should consult a Taxotere Eye Injury lawyer to explore their legal options.

    If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by Taxotere, call TruLaw today and receive a free consultation. 

    You can also use the chatbot on this page for an instant Taxotere Eye Injury case evaluation. 

  • June 2024 Updates:

    The Taxotere Eye Injury Lawsuit is currently active, and our attorneys are open to taking on new cases. 

    Recent updates from the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) indicate that there are now 276 pending lawsuits concerning Taxotere Eye Injuries awaiting consolidation.

    These legal actions are linked to eye injuries purportedly caused by the chemotherapy drug Taxotere.

    Plaintiffs claim that Sanofi-Aventis, the drug’s manufacturer, failed to provide sufficient warnings to patients and healthcare providers about the risk of severe and potentially permanent eye complications, such as canal stenosis, associated with the drug.

    If you or someone close to you has experienced eye injuries or vision loss following the use of Taxotere, you might be eligible to participate in the Taxotere Eye Damage Lawsuits.

    Additionally, you can use the chatbot on this page to instantly check if you qualify for the Taxotere Vision Damage Lawsuit.

  • May 2024 Updates:

    May 24, 2024

    The Taxotere Eye Injury Lawsuit continues, and our attorneys are currently accepting new claims. 

    Taxotere has been linked to canalicular stenosis, a serious condition characterized by excessive eye watering that can lead to further vision complications.

    This issue arises when the tear ducts become inflamed and constricted as a side effect of the medication, causing tears to accumulate excessively.

    The persistent overflow of tears can disrupt daily life, as they fail to drain properly and instead spill over onto the face.

    Continuous moisture can lead to irritation, infections, and may further impair vision through blurring and potential corneal damage.

    Sanofi-Aventis, the producer of Taxotere, is accused of not adequately warning patients and healthcare professionals about the risk of severe eye injuries associated with its use.

    Compensation in the Taxotere Lawsuit could vary widely, from $20,000 to several hundred thousand dollars per individual, influenced by specific circumstances and the overall progress of the litigation.

    If you or someone you know has experienced eye injuries or vision loss following the use of Taxotere, you might qualify to participate in the Taxotere Eye Damage Lawsuits.

    Additionally, you can utilize the chatbot on this page to instantly check if you are eligible for the Taxotere Vision Damage Lawsuit.

    May 1, 2024

    The Taxotere Eye Injury Lawsuit is currently active. According to the latest Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) filings, the number of pending Taxotere lawsuits remains at 268, with no change from the previous month.

    If you or someone close to you has experienced eye injuries following the use of Taxotere, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit.

    For a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact our law firm. 

    You can also use the chatbot on this page to determine if you qualify for the Taxotere Lawsuit.

  • April 2024 Updates:

    The litigation surrounding Taxotere Eye Injury is still in progress. 

    Recent documents from the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) reveal that the count of Taxotere Lawsuits grouped in the MDL stands steady at 268.

    During March, there were no new cases of Taxotere Eye Injury added to the MDL. If Taxotere has negatively impacted you or someone you know, seeking legal advice may be a critical move.

    For comprehensive details and to explore your legal options, we invite you to get in touch with our office for a no-charge consultation.

    Additionally, you can utilize the chatbot on this website to immediately check your eligibility for a Taxotere Eye Injury Lawsuit.

  • March 2024 Updates:

    The Taxotere Lawsuit is ongoing.

    The Taxotere Eye Injury MDL is currently progressing, with a recent update indicating an increase in cases.

    The Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) reported that as of February 1st, there were 258 consolidated lawsuits within the MDL, which grew to 268 by March 1st following the addition of ten new filings.

    Multidistrict Litigations like this one are designed to efficiently process numerous lawsuits that share common issues, facts, or defendants, streamlining the legal proceedings for cases arising form similar circumstances.

    In the context of the Taxotere Eye Injury Litigation, the lawsuits center around allegations against Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Taxotere.

    Plaintiffs claim the company did not sufficiently inform patients and healthcare professionals about the potential risk of severe and permanent eye injuries, such as Canalicular Stenosis, associated with the chemotherapy drug.

    These legal actions aim to address the grievances of individuals who believe they have suffered eye injuries due to Taxotere.

    For those affected or believing to be impacted by Taxotere-related eye injuries, legal assistance is available.

    Call now for a free consultation, or use the ChatBot on this page for immediate feedback. 

  • January 2024 Updates:

    January 15th, 2023:

    There are now 258 pending cases in the Taxotere eye damage class action MDL. Only about 20 new cases have been added to this MDL since September.

  • December 2023 Updates:

    December 1st, 2023:

    No settlement payouts have been issued in the Taxotere lawsuits involving hair loss or vision loss litigations as of yet.

    The hair loss cases remain consolidated under federal MDL 2740, and the eye injury cases under federal MDL 3023, both overseen by Judge Jane Triche Milazzo in Louisiana federal court.

  • November 2023 Updates:

    November 17th, 2023:

    The Taxotere litigation is ongoing, comprising 9,917 hair loss lawsuits and 249 lawsuits related to vision problems. These cases are currently consolidated into two separate MDLs in the federal court in Louisiana.

  • October 2023 Updates:

    October 27th, 2023:

    The pretrial negotiation phase is still in progress, and there are indications that a resolution for the Taxotere litigation may be possible by the end of the year.

    As of now, there are 240 pending cases in the Taxotere Eye Injury Litigation, while the Taxotere Products Liability Litigation involves 10,209 cases.

    Over the past month, the Eye Injury Litigation has seen an increase of 7 new cases, whereas the Product Liability Litigation has decreased by 201 cases.

    October 2nd, 2023:

    There are currently 240 pending cases in the Taxotere vision damage class action MDL, marking an increase of 17 cases from the previous month. This rise is in line with the typical monthly case intake observed in this MDL.

  • September 2023 Updates:

    September 5th, 2023:

    A study published in JAMA Ophthalmology supports claims by plaintiffs that Taxotere may cause optic neuropathy, CME, and epiphora, with the drug increasing watery eyes sevenfold. Sanofi argues that an eye injury warning was added to the label in 2002, but plaintiff attorneys contend that it inadequately addressed the risk of permanent tear duct injury linked to the drug.

  • August 2023 Updates:

    August 1st, 2023

    There have been no recent settlements in the class action lawsuit against Sanofi, the manufacturer of Taxotere.

    Plaintiffs continue to step forward, claiming the cancer drug caused blurred vision, eye irritation, blurred vision, loss of vision, and other adverse health effects.

  • July 2023 Updates:

    Recent dismissals in the New Jersey Taxotere MCL revealed that the bellwether plaintiffs’ cases were barred by the statute of limitations.

    However, Sanofi, the creators of the chemotherapy drug, are still facing thousands of lawsuits in various jurisdictions.

  • June 2023 Updates:

    Sanofi, the manufacturer of Taxotere, remains entangled in a significant number of lawsuits in the Federal Court of Louisiana, with over 10,600 cases relating to hair loss and 197 cases concerning eye damage attributed to the chemotherapy drug.

  • May 2023 Updates:

    Thousands have lawsuits have been filed against the creators of Taxotere, Sanofi.

    Cases are still pending.

  • April 2023 Updates:

    Cases are still ongoing for the Taxotere lawsuit.

    Sanofi did win their first bellwether case earlier this year in relation to chemotherapy hair loss.

    However, there are still cases pending related to Sanofi’s failure to update the Taxotere warnings and label.

  • March 2023 Updates:

    The judicial panel makes a separate panel that consolidates all watery cases into a specific MDL.

  • February 2023 Updates:

    Sanofi wins its bellwether case related to chemotherapy hair loss litigation.

  • January 2023 Updates:

    January 1st, 2023:

    A judge allows a new trial for the class action lawsuit.

    January 12th, 2023:

    The plaintiff attorneys request the judicial panel to consolidate all watery eye cases into a separate MDL.

    January 17th, 2023:

    There are now a reported 170 plaintiffs that have filed for an eye injury lawsuit in the Taxotere MDL class action case.

  • April 2017 Updates:

    Order filed in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana.

    According to the Order, the Court met recently with the parties’ liaison counsel to discuss several issues, including the litigation’s recent “Science Day.”

    Science Days provide parties to large, complex litigations with the opportunity to inform the court regarding the medical and scientific issues that are central to their respective cases.

    Science Day discussing the long-term side effects of Taxotere was held on May 3.

    Presentations made during Science Days are typically off the record and non-adversarial in nature.

    Other issues addressed in the April Taxotere lawsuit order included:

    • The next general status conference for the Taxotere litigation will be held Friday, July 7, 2017.
    • Wednesday, June 21 was designated as the submission date for Motions to Remand.
    • Liaison counsel instructed to draft an order concerning a discovery timeline and bellwether protocol for the litigation.

  • February 2017 Updates:

    U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt issued an order approving the 30-page fact sheet that plaintiffs will use going forward with their lawsuits against Sanofi, and appointed representatives of the plaintiffs and defendants to settlement committees, which will collaborate for potential resolution of the cases.

    The next status conference for those committees is set for March 17, 2017.

Does Taxotere Cause Permanent Hair Loss?

Yes. Taxotere causes permanent hair loss — which is a  serious and life-altering side effect.

It also makes it very difficult for women to return to a normal life after breast cancer.

The manufacturer of Taxotere knew of this risk and didn’t tell patients.

Women have a right to hold the company liable for its negligence.

Is Taxotere A Good Chemo Drug?

Taxotere (docetaxel), is the most widely prescribed chemotherapy medication in its class.

The drug is used for the treatment of breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, and prostate cancer.

Taxotere works by attacking cancer cells in the body and is given via an infusion in the vein.

There is no pill form of the drug. These treatments are touted as being more effective and capable of successfully treating cancer with fewer rounds of chemotherapy in less time.

Taxotere IV treatments generally take about an hour and people generally receive Taxotere every 3 to 4 weeks.

Taxotere is often delivered in combination with other drugs such as cisplatin, doxorubicin, and fluorouracil.

These combinations are used in order to give patients the best chance to beat their diagnosis.

The amount of the drug and frequency of infusions are determined by a doctor.

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  1. Did you or a loved one undergo chemotherapy in the past?
  2. Does hair loss or thinning hair remain today?

While Taxotere (docetaxel) is considered to be an effective cancer treatment, its use also brought about a very troubling side effect: permanent hair loss — also known as Taxotere alopecia.

Although early Taxotere labels noted that hair loss on the head, underarm, pubic hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes is common, the patient leaflet instructed to be given to the patient with FDA approval on 3/2009 told patients:

“Once you have completed all your treatments, hair generally grows back”.

On December 11, 2015, the FDA finally recognized what many patients had already discovered – Taxotere’s horrific hair loss side effect was not temporary, it was permanent.

Chemotherapy Permanent Alopecia

The highly potent drug, like many chemotherapy medications, can lead to hair loss, but unlike other such drugs, hair loss associated with Taxotere use can be permanent.

The absence of new growth after six months to a year points to permanent hair loss.

Hair loss can have a major effect on a woman’s mental health.

According to a 2004 study on the importance of hair conducted at Arizona State University, hair “is personal, growing directly out of our bodies.

It is public, on view for all to see. And it is malleable, allowing us to change it more or less at whim.

It’s not surprising that we use our hair to project our identity and that others see our hair as a reflection of our identity.”

Said another way, when women lose their hair, they lose a part of their identity, and every aspect of their lives may be affected.

As a result of permanent hair loss, many women have filed a Taxotere lawsuit against the manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, alleging that the company knew that permanent hair loss related to Taxotere use occurred at a higher rate than it claimed, and instead of informing patients and the medical community, the company attempted to downplay that side effect in the interest of profits.

Breast Cancer Treatment with Taxotere

Approximately 300,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year.

Doctors prescribe Taxotere to treat the majority of these cases, making it is the most prescribed drug in its class.

Taxotere made over $3 billion in profits for manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis in 2009 — before the company lost patent protection.

Sanofi Hides Dangers of Permanent Hair Loss - Taxotere Treatment Infographic

FDA Label Updated For Taxotere Alopecia

Sanofi knew in the late 1990s that 9.2 percent of people who took Taxotere lost their hair after taking it but knowingly withheld that information from the public.

Research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute Conference showed long-term significant scalp alopecia can affect up to 15% of patients given the drug.

Although information regarding Taxotere and alopecia was provided to doctors and patients in Europe as early as 2005 and Canada in 2012, it was not until December 2015, that the FDA updated its safety information on Taxotere to include the following information:

“Permanent cases of alopecia have been reported.”

FDA actions regarding Taxotere

The Taxotere label previously indicated that approximately three percent of patients could experience permanent hair loss when using the drug, although studies have indicated that percentage could actually be as high as six to 16 percent.

In 2003, the FDA sent a warning letter to Aventis Pharmaceuticals objecting to the company’s direct-to-consumer print advertising of Taxotere, calling the advertisements “misleading.”

In 2009, the FDA sent a warning letter noting that Sanofi continued to market its medication using the term “superior efficacy” despite a 2008 New England Journal of Medicine study that concluded that a competing drug was more effective for certain patients.

8,500 Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuits Filed

The Louisiana Taxotere multidistrict litigation (MDL) began in the Eastern District of Louisiana in 2016 with just several dozen Taxotere alopecia lawsuits and as of May 2018, there have been over 8,500 lawsuits filed.

The Taxotere claims allege that although many patients who undergo chemotherapy as a cancer treatment experience hair loss, Taxotere-related alopecia is far more likely to result in permanent hair loss than other equally effective chemotherapy medications.

The Taxotere complaints further allege that:

  • The defendant, Sanofi-Aventis, engaged in a pattern of deception by overstating the benefits of Taxotere as compared to other alternatives while simultaneously failing to warn of the risk of permanent alopecia.
  • The plaintiffs were not presented with a chance to make an informed choice as to whether the benefits of Taxotere outweighed its associated risks.
  • As a direct result of the manufacturer’s actions, the plaintiffs suffered serious injury, harm, mental anguish, damages, economic and non-economic loss, and will continue to suffer such harm, damages, and losses in the future.

permanent hair loss from Taxotere

Plaintiffs claim that if they had known about this side effect, they would have opted for the less potent but equally effective chemotherapy drug Taxol, which has not been linked to permanent hair loss.

The plaintiffs in these lawsuits allege that Taxotere maker Sanofi-Aventis was aware of decades-old research suggesting that 9.2 percent of Taxotere patients experienced persistent hair loss for up to 10 years or longer, yet failed to warn doctors and consumers, and also claim that the company illegally promoted the use of the drug for patients with early-stage breast cancer.

In 2009, the FDA sent Sanofi a warning letter accusing the company of making false and misleading statements about the safety and efficacy of Taxotere.

Ami Dodson, a California woman noted that she is suing Sanofi-Aventis because they:

“Obtained billions of dollars in increased revenues at the expense of unwary cancer victims simply hoping to survive their condition and return to a normal life.”

According to her lawsuit, Dodson alleges that Sanofi-Aventis concealed the existence of studies from the FDA, physicians, and patients and as a direct result of this hidden risk, sales of Taxotere jumped from $424 million in 2000 to $1.4 billion in 2004.

Taxotere Bellwether Trials Set To Begin May 2019

Court to select the first Taxotere bellwether to go before a jury with a pool of four claims from women living in Louisiana.

The claims were filed by Antoinette Durden, Barbara Earnest, Tanya Francis, and Lisa Tuyes.

Honorable Judge Jane Triche Milazzo has taken over the litigation from Judge Englehardt.  MDL No.2740; In Re: Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation.

The early trials help evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses in the thousands of cases within the multidistrict litigation MDL No.2740; In Re: Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation. These trials will hopefully provide essential guidance toward a Taxotere settlement.

Judge Milazzo issues the schedule leading up the first trial date set for May 13, 2019.

Additional trials set for:

  • September 16, 2019
  • January 27, 2020
  • May 11, 2020
  • September 14, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Have there been Taxotere Settlements for Alopecia?

    There have been no taxotere settlements yet.

    However, in a somewhat sudden and surprising move, a settlement committee was formed in December 2016 in the Taxotere multidistrict litigation (MDL) pending in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

    Settlement committees are typically set up later in the litigation when discussion with a mediator has begun.

    But, under Pretrial Order #6, the court set up a system whereby both the plaintiffs and defendants are to engage in continuous general settlement discussions on a regular basis.

    A number of plaintiff and defense attorneys have been assigned to the settlement committee, which has been ordered to hold regular discussions in hopes of resolving cases or issues relevant to the Taxotere litigation.

    According to the order, committee members are expected to hold monthly sessions in an attempt to:

    “Establish common understandings, potential ground rules, component parts and concepts, anticipated relief, necessary approvals, and ultimately financial details, including drafting of all pertinent documents, in an attempt to resolve this matter prior to remand of some or all of the member cases.”

  • How Do I File A Taxotere Lawsuit?

    TruLaw uses the Taxotere Instant Case Evaluator ℠ as a tool to help you understand your legal rights.

    We hope you find the Instant Case Evaluator ℠ to be helpful in your determination of whether a lawsuit is right for you.

    If TruLaw determines that you have experienced alopecia and that you used Taxotere in your treatment of your cancer, you are likely to qualify for consideration for a  taxotere product liability case.

    If you qualify for the Taxotere lawsuit, you will be sent an electronic contract.

    We will not be able to move forward in legally representing you until this contract is signed.

    Please call us if you would prefer a hard copy of the contract.

  • Do I Qualify For A Taxotere Lawsuit?

    Very basically, there are two parts to the taxotere lawsuit – Injury and Use.

    Taxotere lawsuits are being filed on behalf of individuals who have experienced permanent hair loss (permanent alopecia).

    If you underwent chemotherapy treatments and you are experiencing incomplete hair regrowth 6 months after chemotherapy, your injury may qualify for this lawsuit.

    Secondly, this lawsuit is being filed against Sanofi for their product, Taxotere.

    Taxotere was used in the majority of chemotherapy treatments prior to 2011, after 2011, we will need to verify the use of Taxotere via medical records.

    To check your qualification report for your situation, fill out our Taxotere Instant Case Evaluation ℠ form to view your report online now.

  • What Does A Taxotere Lawsuit Cost Me?

    Nothing unless/until we are successful in your lawsuit.

  • Would I Need To Sue My Doctor Or The Facility Where I Had Chemotherapy?

    No, the lawsuits that we are filing are against the manufacturer of the drug, Sanofi.

    The Taxotere lawsuits allege that Sanofi was aware of the risk of permanent hair loss and did not warn the public or medical professionals.

    When manufacturers of drugs such as Taxotere do not give the public full information about their drugs, there is no way to make an informed decision, and they should be held accountable when injuries occur.

  • How Do I Know If Taxotere Was Used During My Chemotherapy Treatments?

    Taxotere is given via IV in your physician’s office or clinic, therefore it is unlikely you are aware if you were given Taxotere.

    Until Taxotere went generic in November 2011, Taxotere was used in the majority of chemotherapy treatments.

    Since the drug went generic, there are many other versions of the drug that could have been used.

    The medication used during your chemotherapy treatment will be indicated in your medical records.

    You may want to contact your doctor’s office or clinic to gather this information, or we will assist you in gathering this information.

Written By:
Jessie Paluch
Jessie Paluch

Experienced Attorney & Legal SaaS CEO

With over 25 years of legal experience, Jessie is an Illinois lawyer, a CPA, and a mother of three.  She spent the first decade of her career working as an international tax attorney at Deloitte.

In 2009, Jessie co-founded her own law firm with her husband – which has scaled to over 30 employees since its conception.

In 2016, Jessie founded TruLaw, which allows her to collaborate with attorneys and legal experts across the United States on a daily basis. This hypervaluable network of experts is what enables her to share reliable legal information with her readers!

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