A federal judge overseeing Mirena lawsuits filed over the intrauterine birth control device is encouraging more female lawyers to join the multidistrict litigation’s proposed plaintiffs’ committee, reports ThomsonReuters.com.

At the first status conference for the litigation on May 17th, 2013, Judge Cathy Siebel, who was tasked to preside over pretrial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York discussed the importance of including women in its proposed leadership committee.

Appointing female lawyers who can empathize with the plaintiffs’ challenges with the IUD and promote that empathy to jurors in future trials may work in favor of the women allegedly injured by the device, a lawyer from Michigan said in a letter she wrote to Judge Siebel before the status conference held in White Plains, NY.

According to Mirena lawsuits, these challenges may allegedly include uterine perforations, infection, ectopic pregnancies, infection and other injuries stemming from the spontaneous migration of the device that may later diminish a woman’s ability to conceive or even cause infertility. Further, a doctor may need to surgically locate and remove the device by way of a hysterectomy in the event that the device should migrate. Claims brought over Mirena argue that its manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals failed to warn about the risks.

Over 50 Mirena IUD Lawsuits Allege Bayer Failed to Warn About Risk for Side Effects

Court records indicate more than 50 Mirena lawsuits are now pending in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) underway in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs say the t-shaped birth control IUD’s labeling only notes its potential to perforate the uterine wall, but not its risk for spontaneous migration to other parts of the body. However, Bayer defends its labeling of Mirena, stating that it warned doctors about the risk of perforation by urging them to check for threads attached to the implant. Regardless of a manufacturer’s warning, however, Bayer argued that doctors would have prescribed Mirena to patients anyway since they learn about the risk of perforation in their medical training.

“We do have a lot of faith in our warnings,” Bayer’s lead lawyer said at the status conference.

However, the manufacturer has a long history of over-promoting the Mirena IUD, which may hurt them in the upcoming proceedings. Originally promoted as a hassle-free form of birth control for the “Busy Mom” demographic of women, the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer in 2009 scolding the company for minimizing the risks for Mirena side effects and overstating its efficiency.

File a Mirena Lawsuit to Realize the Justice You Deserve

The complications you might have suffered after being implanted with the Mirena IUD are disturbing for any woman. Call an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP who can help you start the process of filing a Mirena IUD lawsuit at (877) 779-1414.

Published May 20, 2013 by