The judge recently tasked to preside over the federal litigation of Mirena lawsuits, which now includes more than 40 claims over the IUD birth control device, has already hit the ground running. Just four days after she was assigned to oversee the pretrial proceedings for these cases, which were transferred to New York federal court via a Transfer Order issued by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on April 8th, 2013, Judge Cathy Seibel Ordered that attorneys for the parties involved in the MDL submit Position Statements to the Court on or before May 11, 2013.

Seibel’s April 12th Order, which is the first in this litigation, also included the scheduling of the Initial Conference for the Mirena litigation for May 17, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. (In re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2434)

Mirena Lawsuits Move Forward in Federal Litigation

This federal Mirena litigation was created earlier this month in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, to coordinate pending and future cases filed on behalf of women implanted with the intrauterine birth control device. The creation of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving Mirena IUD lawsuits at this location will “serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of this litigation,” the Order said. (In re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2434 (JPML)

Mirena lawsuits allege the IUD can spontaneously migrate within a woman’s body, causing a host of complications that may include abscesses, infection, uterine perforation and other side effects. Plaintiffs in these claims also say Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Mirena, failed to warn about the potential for this complication to occur.

According to The JPML’s Transfer Order on April 8th, the 40 Mirena lawsuits transferred to New York federal court had been filed in 17 jurisdictions throughout the U.S.

The Mirena IUD was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2000 as a contraceptive device. In 2009, the range of uses for the t-shaped, plastic IUD was expanded to include the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in women who used the device as a form of birth control. That same year, the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer after becoming aware of its overstatement of the benefits associated with Mirena. The agency also scolded the company for downplayed its risks, which may include uterine perforations and device migration.

How to File a Mirena Lawsuit

If you suffered abscesses, infection, uterine perforations or another side effect associated with the Mirena IUD, you may be eligible to file a claim against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. Contact a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more about Mirena lawsuits by calling 877-779-1414.

Published April 16, 2013 by