Panel to Decide on Mirena IUD Lawsuit Consolidation, Rottenstein Law Group Reports

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On March 21 a judicial panel was expected to meet to decide on the consolidation of pretrial proceedings of Mirena lawsuits in federal courts nationwide. The Rottenstein Law Group maintains a website that features Mirena news, in addition to Mirena IUD lawsuit information.

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The MDL would allow the plaintiffs in the existing federal cases—and additional future claimants—to more quickly get their day in court.

On March 21 a judicial panel was expected to meet to decide on the consolidation of pretrial proceedings of Mirena lawsuits in federal courts nationwide.* The Rottenstein Law Group, a Mirena IUD law firm, maintains a website that features Mirena news, in addition to Mirena IUD lawsuit information.

The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in San Diego, Calif., is considering the consolidation (also known as a “multidistrict litigation”) as a way to streamline pretrial processes from multiple federal courts around the country into a single federal court under one presiding judge, according to court records (In re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2434 (JPML)). The Mirena IUD, manufactured by Bayer, is an intrauterine device that slowly releases a hormone over five years to prevent pregnancy. It has been alleged to cause serious adverse side effects, such as device migration, device embedment and pain and discomfort.

“The MDL would allow the plaintiffs in the existing federal cases—and additional future claimants—to more quickly get their day in court,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group, which currently represents clients in Mirena lawsuits nationwide. “Mirena recipients trusted that Bayer’s IUD was a safe contraceptive alternative. If the evidence of eventual trials suggests Bayer violated that trust, then the company should be held accountable.”

Based on an FDA adverse events report* and the many phone calls a week the Rottenstein Law Group receives from women who allege serious Mirena side effects, the safety of the Mirena IUD is in question. The device was approved by the FDA in 2000 and was the only hormone-releasing IUD until earlier this year, when the FDA approved Skyla, a similar IUD also manufactured by Bayer.

Alleged Mirena side effects have been the subject of lawsuits around the country, including Prendergast v. Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corp. (no. 13-00450, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania), as reported in Bloomberg.**

The Rottenstein Law Group encourages Mirena IUD recipients to visit its website to learn more about the IUD and how to file a Mirena lawsuit.

*http://www.jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Hearing%20Order-3-21-13.pdf
**fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/DevelopmentResources/UCM245685.pdf
***bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-28/bayer-sued-over-alleged-hidden-risks-of-mirena-contraceptive-1-.html

About THE ROTTENSTEIN LAW GROUP
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based firm that represents clients nationwide in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients hurt by defective medical devices. (Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

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