A petition has been filed by nationwide law firm Parker Waichman LLP to consolidate all lawsuits pending against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for a singular prosecution through federal court.
The lawsuits cover Bayer’s Mirena intrauterine device (or IUD), which has been shown to be defective, inflicting serious injuries to women across the country. In creating the MDL, each individual suit can be brought before a single judge as a unified case to allow for much quicker litigation, eliminating the possibility for duplicate findings from litigators.
If the petition is accepted, the MDL would be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division before Judge Patricia A. Gaughan. Her ruling on the case would then be applied to each suit failed, allowing for a swift conclusion to the whole ordeal.
According to suits filed against Bayer, their Mirena IUD fails to operate as intended, and has the ability to inflict serious injuries requiring surgeries to correct. In many case, it was alleged that the t-shaped device could slide away from its intended position in the uterus and puncture the uterine wall.
Other potential complications and injuries caused by the defective contraception included miscarriages, infertility, streptococcal sepsis, intrauterine pregnancy, and pelvic inflammatory disease. In one case filed in January, a woman needed laparoscopic surgery was needed to remove the device, which had become impeded in her uterine wall.
It is also being alleged that Bayer used deceptive marketing to hide potential dangers of using the product. In a letter issued by the FDA in December of last year, it was determined that the product’s marketing campaign grossly overstated its effectiveness while omitting critical information about the risks of use.
The device was first approved as a contraceptive device and a treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding in women who had previously given birth. It worked by releasing a chemical known as progestogen levonorgestrel into the uterus, and is only recommend for women who have had at least one child.
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries as a result of a defective contraception device such as this, legal action may be available to you as well. Companies have the responsibility to inform the public on the potential dangers surrounding their products, and any failure to do so can leave them liable in the event of an accident causing injury.
With the help of an experienced product liability lawyer, compensation can be awarded to victims to help them cover the costs of their recovery. At AA Accident Attorneys, we can help you to receive the full amount that you are rightfully owed and get you back onto your feet as quickly as possible.
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