U.S. Judicial Panel Approves MDL No. 2641 Centralizing Claims Against IVC Filter Manufacturer

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Lopez McHugh Founding Partner Ramon Rossi Lopez appeared at hearing to consolidate lawsuits over allegedly defective IVC filters made by C.R. Bard

It was inarguably in the best interests of the courts and everyone involved to consolidate these cases into multidistrict litigation.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has ordered the transfer of all federal lawsuits filed over allegedly defective IVC filters (MDL No. 2641) made by medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard, Inc. to the District of Arizona following the appearance at a July 30 hearing of lead IVC filter attorney Ramon Rossi Lopez.

Lopez, founding partner of Lopez McHugh LLP, argued in favor of the transfer at the hearing in San Francisco. Comprised of seven federal judges representing various federal circuit courts, the MDL panel had to decide whether the lawsuits against Bard share common questions of fact and should be consolidated into MDL litigation to make more efficient use of the parties’ and the courts’ resources. The ruling will affect hundreds of patients who claim to have been injured by inferior vena cava (IVC) filters.

“This is the correct decision by the judicial panel and welcome news for patients,” said Lopez, who represents dozens of plaintiffs claiming to have been injured by IVC filters that have broken or migrated through patients’ bodies. “It was inarguably in the best interests of the courts and everyone involved to consolidate these cases into multidistrict litigation.”

An IVC filter is a small, cone-shaped, cage-like medical device implanted into a patient’s inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries oxygen-depleted blood from the lower body up to the heart. IVC filters are intended to prevent an embolism, a blood clot that has broken free of a deep vein in the legs, from reaching the heart or lungs.

Formation of a MDL would give the people allegedly hurt by these devices a more organized and efficient forum in which to pursue their lawsuits against Bard.

Lopez McHugh has compiled resources to assist those who believe they may have been injured by a allegedly defective IVC filter. For more information, please visit the firm’s website.

About Lopez McHugh, LLP: For more than 30 years, the attorneys at the nationally-recognized plaintiffs’ law firm of Lopez McHugh have been obtaining justice for their clients. Battling defendants who take advantage of consumers such as pharmaceutical giants, nursing homes and medical professionals, insurance companies, auto manufacturers, and the manufacturers of defective medical devices. To learn more, visit lopezmchugh.com.

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