Legal Funding Helps Plaintiffs With Abilify Gambling Claims

Sarah Klein | January 11th, 2018

Recently, it was established that the first bellwether trial in the Abilify gambling litigation will still begin as originally scheduled this coming June. In September, a case management order seemed to imply that the original schedule for discovery might not be feasible. The judge in the multidistrict legislation (MDL) provided both sides with alternative schedules, some as late as August 2018.

The clarification of the start date means that the bellwether trial for the 400 Abilify claims that have been centralized in the MDL will begin in roughly five months. The claims are similar in fact, alleging that Abilify may cause compulsive gambling, and that this fact was withheld both from patients and from medical professionals by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, the drug manufacturers.

Plaintiffs also contend that had they been warned appropriately, they could have avoided the severe financial consequences of compulsive gambling, which has undermined their financial stability.

Legal funding helps bridge the gap

If you are one of the Abilify plaintiffs, both you and your loved ones could recover these financial losses and more, perhaps even be awarded punitive damages once the bellwether trial is over.

Court cases, however, can take a very long time. Even aggressive bellwethers may take years.

If compulsive gambling impaired you financially, legal funding can offer economic help while the Abilify cases move through the court system. Legal loans may not be for everyone. For some plaintiffs, though, they can provide a helpful method of tiding you and your loved ones over until a settlement or verdict is reached, particularly for people whose finances were decimated by the alleged side effects of Abilify.

It’s important to understand the benefits lawsuit funding offers. They differ from loans offered by a bank or credit union. Legal loans are non-recourse. In other words, they are more analogous to cash advances than they are to personal or other types of loans.

If the Abilify case is settled in the plaintiffs’ favor, you will make loan payments to pay back the amount of the loan at a reasonable rate of interest. If the Abilify case goes in the defendants’ favor, though, you won’t owe a cent. You read that right. If you lose, you don’t owe us anything.

Apply for a lawsuit cash advance today

Lawsuit funding can be used for anything: housing payments, rent, groceries, commute costs, health insurance, and more.

It’s important to have economic security when you’re involved in a court case. Why? Without it, you can be pressured to settle for less than you deserve, just to have some money.

When you partner with LawStreet Capital, there’s no credit check. There’s no hidden costs. These are cash advances based on your future settlement. And we are proud to offer clients the lowest rates in the industry. The application is free and, once approved, the funds can be in your account within 24 hours!

Additional Resources on Abilify Side Effects: 

  1. Alter, Charlotte. “FDA Warns Antipsychotic Drug Can Cause Compulsive Sex and Gambling.” Time. May 3, 2016.
  2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA warns about new impulse-control problems associated with mental health drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada). May 3, 2016.