Parties in the Levaquin side effects multidistrict litigation recently met for a status conference. Meeting minutes report that there are 1,787 lawsuits currently pending in the MDL, although the defendants report that they plan to reach Levaquin settlements with some. In New Jersey, where nearly 2,000 plaintiffs allege Levaquin tendon ruptures and similar injuries, Johnson & Johnson states that it has already reached hundreds of settlements. At least 14 MDL plaintiffs have voluntarily withdrawn their cases, indicating that the defendants may have already begun settlement negotiations there. The MDL bellwether trial is currently scheduled to take place in October 2012.