LAFAYETTE, La. - The Louisiana federal judge overseeing the Actos multidistrict litigation on Dec. 4 denied a motion by defendant Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc. to exclude the plaintiff's punitive damages expert from the first bellwether trial, scheduled for Jan. 27 (In Re: Actos $(Pioglitazone$) Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2299, No. 6:11-md-2299, Terrence Allen, et al. v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., et al., No. 12-64, W.D. La., Lafayette Div.).