60+ Lawsuits Transferred to New Jersey Superior Court in Absence of Mirena Recall, Multicounty Litigation Created for IUD-Related Claims
Despite no announcement of a Mirena recall, at least 60 lawsuits alleging side effects from the IUD have been transferred to Bergen County Superior Court, where a Multicounty Litigation to coordinate claims filed in the state of New Jersey has been created, court records indicate.
According to a Notice to the Bar issued May 24th, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court has tasked Judge Brian R. Martinotti with overseeing the proceeding. Less than a week later, the judge has already issued the litigation’s first Case Management Order, which included the scheduling of an initial Case Management Conference for June 17, 2013. (In Re: Mirena Litigation; Case No. 297)
Mirena Side Effect Lawsuits Consolidated in Federal, State Courts in the U.S.
As of March 2013, at least 60 claims alleging Mirena side effects were pending in New Jersey state courts. According to lawsuits, the IUD birth control implant may cause a host of injuries stemming from its potential to spontaneously migrate within a woman’s body after insertion. This may lead to uterine perforations, infection, abscesses, ectopic pregnancies and other complications.
Suits filed by Mirena lawyers in federal court have been consolidated into a single litigation as well. On April 8th, 2013, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) transferred these cases to the Southern District of New York, where they are being overseen by a single judge. A status conference for the proceeding was held May 17th, 2013.
Following that meeting, an Order issued on May 22nd appointed Plaintiff’s attorneys to serve on a leadership committee. Attorneys were also asked to name additional lawyers to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. Those proposals are due in Court by June 17th.
Plaintiffs in Mirena lawsuits allege its manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, failed to warn about the potential for the IUD to cause uterine perforations and other side effects. The company should therefore be he held accountable for its actions.
The Mirena IUD was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 as a method of birth control for women. Its list of uses later expanded in 2009 to include the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding.
Contact a Mirena Lawyer to File a Claim
If you were implanted with Mirena IUD hoping for a stress-free way to prevent pregnancy and wound up experiencing painful and unpleasant side effects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Bayer. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP who can help at (877) 779-1414.