Plaintiffs Seek to Consolidate Mirena IUD Lawsuits in Ohio Federal Court MDL
Plaintiffs in Mirena lawsuits are seeking to streamline proceedings of the litigation this month by filing a petition to establish a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for all federally-filed claims. In the petition filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on Jan. 16, 2013, plaintiffs are requesting that all pending and future cases be transferred to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.
Mirena IUD Lawsuits
According to the petition, eight lawsuits are pending in federal court and claim the Mirena IUD, which can spontaneously migrate within a woman’s body, is designed defectively by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Plaintiffs seeking to consolidate Mirena IUD lawsuits predict that hundreds of similar claims are likely to be filed in the future.
In their petition, plaintiffs also point out that Mirena is used by over 2 million women in the U.S. as their method of contraception. Bayer has a history of overstating the efficiency of the device and understating any potential Mirena complications, and was scolded for doing so by in 2009 by the FDA in a warning letter issued by the agency. As a result, many women have suffered the following Mirena complications:
- Embedment in the uterine wall
- Uterine perforations
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Ectopic Pregnancy
Mirena was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 as a contraceptive. The t-shaped, plastic device may prevent pregnancy for up to five years after being inserted into the uterus by a health care provider.
In 2009, Mirena’s approved uses were expanded to include treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in women who use an IUD as their method of birth control.
In August 2012, Bayer filed a motion to centralize all Mirena IUD lawsuits under a single judge in Middlesex County Superior Court. This request, which said there were 16 claims pending in the state, was denied by the New Jersey Supreme Court on January 8th, 2013.
Filing a Mirena IUD Lawsuit? Contact an Attorney Today.
If you were implanted with the Mirena IUD and suffered side effects, you may be eligible to receive compensation for any lost wages, medical expenses or pain and suffering you were caused as a result of your injuries. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently offering free and confidential evaluations for potential Mirena IUD lawsuits. Contact a lawyer at the firm today by calling (877) 779-1414.