Motion Seeks Consolidation of Federal Mirena Brain Injury Lawsuits
Federal Mirena IUD lawsuits involving a serious brain injury called Pseudotumor Cerebri could soon be transferred to a single U.S. District Court for coordinated pretrial proceedings. Currently, more than 100 such claims are pending in federal courts around the country, and plaintiffs seeking centralization of the docket assert that hundreds of similar cases are likely to be filed in the near future.
According to RXInjuryHelp.com, the Mirena IUD is a long-acting contraceptive device marketed by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, the IUD is designed to be inserted into the uterus, where it may remain in place for up to five years. While in place, it emits a synthetic progestin called levonorgestrel.
What is Pseudotumor Cerebri?
Plaintiffs pursuing Mirena brain injury lawsuits claim that exposure to levonorgestrel can cause some women to experience a dangerous build-up of pressure in the brain, resulting in Pseudotumor Cerebri (also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension). The symptoms of this condition mimic those of brain tumor, and may include:
- Migraine-like headaches that range from moderate to severe
- Ringing in the ears
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Temporary or permanent blindness
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Double vision
- Seeing flashing lights
- Papilledema (swelling of the optic disk)
- Neck, shoulder or back pain
116 Mirena Brain Injury Lawsuits Pending
Mirena IUD plaintiffs claim that the link between levonorgestrel and Pseudotumor Cerebri has been recognized for years, and fault Bayer for allegedly failing to provide users of the IUD with appropriate warnings regarding this risk. According to their Motion for Transfer, at least 116 Mirena Pseudotumor Cerebri lawsuits are now pending in 17 federal jurisdictions. However, plaintiffs claim that many more filings are likely.
“While the number of filed cases is substantial, the filed cases represent only a small sample of the cases that are expected to be filed against Bayer by women alleging that Mirena LNG-IUS caused them to develop IH,” the Motion states. “This product has been used by more than 15 million women worldwide.”
The Motion asks that the federal docket be transferred to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, asserting that it has the ability and resources to manage the numerous Mirena brain injury lawsuits. Plaintiffs also contend that the jurisdiction is convenient for the parties and witnesses involved in the Mirena litigation.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP offers free legal reviews to women who may have been harmed by Mirena. If you were diagnosed with Pseudotumor Cerebri while using this IUD, please call 877-779-1414 to discuss your case with one of our attorneys.