What will potentially happen is that plaintiffs’ attorneys in those bellwether cases will need to reassess their strategies going into the trials this fall.
(PRWEB) April 23, 2013
A judge overseeing a consolidation of New Jersey state NuvaRing lawsuits has thrown out seven bellwether cases, finding that the plaintiffs did not prove the NuvaRing harmed them, according to court documents. The Rottenstein Law Group, a NuvaRing law firm, urges those who believe they were harmed by the birth control device to not be discouraged by the ruling. The Rottenstein Law Group’s NuvaRing injury case information site features a comprehensive history of the contraceptive device, in addition to how to go about filing a lawsuit.
Judge Brian Martinotti issued the summary judgment on April 19, indicating that the plaintiffs had failed to prove their NuvaRing devices caused alleged side effects such as pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thrombosis and stroke, according to court records (In re: NuvaRing Litigation, BER-L-3081-09, Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County). This news comes as parties on both sides are preparing for bellwether trials in the federal multidistrict litigation, a consolidation of federal NuvaRing lawsuits (MDL-1964, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri), set to begin in October.
“The obstacles in New Jersey do not mean that there is no hope for plaintiffs filing NuvaRing lawsuits in federal courts as part of the MDL,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group. “What will potentially happen is that plaintiffs’ attorneys in those bellwether cases will need to reassess their strategies going into the trials this fall.”
Rottenstein said this is a possible outcome for those NuvaRing lawsuits in other state courts as well.
“The parties are all watching this very closely,” she said.
The Rottenstein Law Group encourages those who believe their NuvaRing contraceptive device injured them to visit its NuvaRing Lawsuit Information Center. The website offers updates on NuvaRing news, a history of the device and information on how to file a NuvaRing lawsuit.
There are currently more than 1,000 lawsuits pending as part of the MDL, according to court records. Among the side effects cited by plaintiffs is the risk of blood clots. In June 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that found a two-and-a-half to threefold increase in the risk in women who use vaginal ring contraceptives.*
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