With the number of lawsuits from women who suffered perforation injuries while using the Mirena IUD growing, a federal judge is acting to make sure the justice process is not delayed.
U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel recently entered an order scheduling April 4, 2014 as the last day for parties to select which bellwether cases, or test cases, will go to trial first over the controversial IUD.
This follows a report on August 15th showing cases had grown by over 17% in just a month to 123. However, with over 70,000 FDA complaints filed for Mirena, that number is expected to increase significantly.
Mirena is a small, t-shaped plastic intrauterine device sold by Bayer for the long-term prevention of pregnancy. The FDA has warned that Mirena IUDs can tear reproductive organs while they are being implanted, but neither Bayer nor the FDA warned women that perforation risks could last years longer. Recent reports indicate that risk is not only present, but widespread.
The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons recently published a study warning that IUDs like Mirena can become dislodged and perforate internal organs after they are inserted. Also, adverse event reports released by the FDA show the agency has received at least 70,072 reports of Mirena side effects, and as many as 6,000 involved device dislocation or uterus perforation.
With the anticipation that hundreds or even thousands of patients would file a Mirena lawsuit, a federal panel combined cases to one special multi-district litigation court in New York.
Now, Judge Cathy Seibel, who is presiding over the MDL litigation, has ordered that parties pick the initial group of bellwether cases by April 4, 2014. These cases can serve as a test to let lawyers know how juries will react and what trial outcomes may be. They can also be a valuable tool in facilitating settlement for victims.
If you or a loved one experienced a perforation injury from a Mirena device, or required surgery to remove it, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your options as soon as possible.
Due to the complex nature of these cases, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who are already handling Mirena lawsuits.
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