Bayer Opposes Centralization of Mirena IUD Lawsuits Into MDL
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals recently filed a motion opposing the consolidation of federal Mirena IUD lawsuits into a multi-district litigation. The company argued that the centralization of cases would prejudice their defense, delaying first trial dates and allowing more “marginal” Mirena lawsuits to be filed. Bayer claims that the marginal cases may require the company to negotiate Mirena settlements for business reasons.
They also argue that the consolidation would mean “starting over” with the MDL, and duplicate discovery that has already been in progress. Bayer has produced over 1.7 million pages of documents and presented witnesses for depositions.
Plaintiffs filed a motion last month seeking to establish a federal Mirena MDL to consolidate the eight different Mirena IUD lawsuits pending in numerous U.S. District Courts before one judge for coordinated pretrial proceedings. Many more Mirena IUD lawsuits are expected to be filed in the near future.
Mirena IUD Lawsuits Filed by Women Who Suffered Mirena Injuries
Mirena lawsuits are filed by women who received the IUD contraceptive device and experienced complications, including spontaneous Mirena migration, which requires surgical removal and can lead to further adverse effects such as uterine perforations, abscesses, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancies and more. The lawsuits allege that Bayer designed a defective product, and failed to adequately warn patients about Mirena side effects.
The U.S. JPML will schedule oral arguments to determine whether to establish a federal Mirena MDL at a hearing session in San Diego, California on March 21st, 2013. Centralized proceedings will help reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting pretrial rulings from different judge. Unlike a class action lawsuit, the centralized cases still remain individual claims.
If you received a Mirena IUD And suffered from side effects, consider joining the growing numbers of Mirena IUD lawsuits filed against the manufacturer to seek compensation for your expenses and injuries, including medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Speak to a Mirena lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today to learn more about your legal rights and options. Call (877) 779-1414 for a free and confidential case review.