New Jersey Judge Encourages Federal, State Mirena Lawsuit Proceedings to Coordinate Depositions with Bergen County Court
A judge overseeing the multicounty Mirena lawsuit litigation in New Jersey has Ordered that further steps be taken to encourage counsel in various state and federal proceedings involving the birth control IUD to coordinate depositions with the Bergen County court.
According to an Order issued on January 14, protocols for all depositions taken in the proceeding have been established to conserve the resources of the court, and avoid duplicative discovery. Court records show that these new regulations will affect a totaled 488 IUD lawsuits that have now been filed in New Jersey Superior Court on behalf of women who allege spontaneous migration of the device, uterine perforations, ectopic pregnancy and other complications. Organ damage, infertility and vaginal scarring are also among the list of injuries claimed by plaintiffs involved in cases against Mirena’s manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., who say the company failed to adequately warn about these risks when marketing its product, which was designed defectively. (In Re: Mirena Litigation; Case No. 297)
According to lawsuits, IUD complications stemming from the contraceptive implant may occur after insertion by a health care provider, who may have difficulty finding it later if the device migrated away from the uterine wall. A hysterectomy may then be necessary to remove the device, in the worst-case scenario.
344 Mirena Lawsuits Now Pending in Federal Proceeding
At the federal court level, lawsuits filed in a litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York are continuing to move forward. According to a recent Case List update from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), 344 claims over the IUD had been filed as of January 15, 2014. At the time of the federal Panel’s update in December, 296 cases were pending in the New York court.
In addition to other claims, lawsuits filed in federal and state court IUD proceedings point to Bayer’s marketing of its product, and its history of downplaying side effects associated with the device, and overstating its benefits. In 2009, the company received a Warning Letter from the FDA that took issue with certain promotions stating that the IUD could make a woman “look and feel great” while improving her sex life.
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