New York, New York (PRWEB) July 02, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices and drugs, is proud to announce that Partner Raymond C. Silverman has been appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the Mirena IUD multicounty litigation (MCL) entitled In Re: Mirena Litigation (Case No. 297; Master Docket No. BER-L-4098-13). The Order announcing this was filed on July 1, 2013.
Previously, Parker Waichman’s Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel, was appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the Mirena IUD multidistrict litigation (MDL) now taking place in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which is entitled In Re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation (Case No. 7:13-md-02434-CS). (Mr. McCauley also co-chairs the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Mirena IUD Litigation Group. The Group exchanges educational material and medical literature to help the members best represent victims.)
On May 29, 2013, the Supreme Court of New Jersey reversed an earlier decision and centralized Mirena IUD lawsuits in Bergen County, where Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti is managing them, according to a Notice to the Bar dated May 24, 2013.
On March 6, 2013, Parker Waichman LLP had submitted an application asking the Superior Court of New Jersey to reconsider its previous decision denying Bayer’s application for centralized management of multicounty litigation for Mirena IUD lawsuits. The application was entitled In Re: Application Pursuant to R. 4:38A (“Centralized Management of Multicounty Litigation”) Joint Request for Reconsideration of Designation of Mirena litigation as a Multicounty Litigation for Centralized Management.
The application asked the court to reconsider centralizing due to the fact that more than 60 lawsuits alleging injuries from the Mirena IUD are involved in the litigation, with more lawsuits expected to be filed in the future. Parker Waichman LLP alone has filed more than 50 cases in Morris County.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Bayer’s Mirena IUD was approved in 2000. The product is a small, t-shaped plastic device attached to two strings; a hormonal IUD, it releases levonorgestrel when placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Mirena is inserted and removed by a healthcare professional. It can be left in the uterus for up to five years. According to the FDA, the most serious side effects associated with the Mirena IUD include:
- Perforation of the uterine wall
- Embedment of the device in the uterine wall
- Intrauterine pregnancy
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Group A streptococcal sepsis
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free lawsuit consultations to victims of Mirena IUD birth control. If you or a loved one experienced complications following the use of this device, please visit the firm's Mirena® IUD Side Effects page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary P. Falkowitz, Managing Attorney