CHARLESTON – Charleston attorney Harry Bell has been named to a key position in a national mass tort litigation case.
Bell, of the Bell & Bands law firm, was named national Plaintiff's Co-Liaison Counsel in a federal case involving the heart drug Digitek. The cases have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of West Virginia before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.
On Sept. 26, Bell and South Carolina attorney Fred Thompson of the law firm Motley Rice were selected to act as the liaison representatives of all plaintiffs and their attorneys who have filed Digitek suits in the United States.
The duties of the liaison counsel include serving as the go-between for all plaintiffs and all defendants for the exchange, distribution and filing of documents, maintaining and updating information on all parties and their attorneys and to provide a centralized library of all documents filed and exchanged in the litigation to be available for review by those attorneys involved in the various consolidated Digitek cases.
According to a release from Bell's office, Digitek is a drug used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. A significant portion of the Digitek distributed for use contains double the potency intended for the drug. This defect in the drug is known to cause a variety of negative side effects including digestive, cardiovascular, and hypertension problems and conditions, and can cause death.
Digitek has been recalled by its manufacturer, Actavis Totowa.