New York, New York (PRWEB) February 13, 2013
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the Mirena IUD, is opposed to the consolidation of all federally-filed Mirena IUD lawsuits, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a response filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on February 7, 2013, Bayer claims the proposed consolidation would prejudice its ability to defend Mirena lawsuits. Among other things, the response points out that discovery has already begun in one of the cases identified for transfer to the proposed multidistrict litigation, and that its transfer would result in duplicative discovery. (In re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2434 (JPML))
“We continue to hear from women who suffered serious injuries, allegedly due to the Mirena IUD. Considering that Mirena is used by some two million women, we expect that a large number of claims are likely to be filed in the future,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal evaluations to women who suffered spontaneous device migration, uterine perforations, and other alleged Mirena complications.
Mirena IUD Lawsuits
The Mirena IUD was approved as a contraceptive by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. The small, plastic t-shaped device is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider, where it may remain for up to 5 years. In 2009, Mirena’s approved uses were expanded to include treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in women who wish to use an IUD as their method of birth control.
According to court documents, Plaintiffs in Mirena lawsuits pending in federal courts petitioned the JPML on January 16th for the establishment of a multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. All of the pending lawsuits allege that Bayer has a history of overstating the efficacy of Mirena while understating its potential safety concerns, and claim Plaintiffs suffered serious injuries after the Mirena IUD perforated the uterine wall and migrated away from its original position. While only eight federal Mirena lawsuits had been filed at the time, Plaintiffs assert that hundreds more are likely to be filed.
Court records also indicate that Bayer had petitioned the New Jersey Supreme Court last year for the establishment of a consolidated proceeding in Middlesex County for 16 Mirena IUD lawsuits pending in New Jersey Superior Courts. However, that request was declined on January 8th.*
Young women who used Mirena and suffered device migration leading to uterine perforations or other serious injuries may be entitled to file their own Mirena IUD lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Learn more about Mirena complications by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s Mirena lawsuit website. For additional information, contact a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by calling (877) 779-1414.
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