A U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-district Litigation (JPML) met on March 21 in San Diego, California to discuss the consolidation of Mirena IUD lawsuits into a multi-district litigation (MDL).
Bayer, the manufacturer of the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD), has expressed a strong opposition against consolidation of lawsuits into an MDL. The German pharmaceutical company opposes the formation of a Mirena MDL, which the Judicial Panel is calling In re: Mirena IUD Products Liablity Litigation, MDL No. 2434, because Bayer believes that a Mirena MDL would stall a Mirena lawsuit scheduled for May 2013.
According to a Thomson Reuters article, Bayer stated that consolidating Mirena cases into an MDL would mean that the case scheduled for May would be stalled for an unknown amount of time. Furthermore, Bayer’s lawyers argued against the Mirena MDL claiming it will slow the litigation process for any future Mirena lawsuits.
The plaintiffs’ counsel argued the opposite, claiming the Mirena MDL would organize the lawsuits, and make for a more efficient legal process.
As of now, the first Mirena trial is scheduled to be heard in the U.S. District Court of the District of South Carolina. Mirena lawyers are Carey Danis & Lowe are closely following the Judicial Panel hearings in order to ascertain if the Mirena trial will be go on as scheduled, and if a Mirena MDL will be established.
Carey Danis & Lowe believes that the consolidation of Mirena IUD lawsuits into a federal MDL is an ideal situation for individuals who claim to have been injured through use of the Mirena IUD.
Women who have used the Mirena contraceptive device have experienced ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy that occurs outside of the womb. Furthermore, the Mirena IUD has also been linked to incidences of uterine perforation as well as the device embedding into surrounding tissues.
Many patients have also experienced device migration wherein the Mirena IUD dislodges and travels to other parts of the body, especially the abdomen, and causes significant internal damage.
In cases where a medical device such as the Mirena IUD was marketed as safe, but has caused an undue amount of pain and injury, it is important to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for releasing such defective products onto the market. Lawyers are Carey Danis & Lowe are dedicated to providing our clients with expert legal counsel in a Mirena lawsuits.
Contact a Mirena lawyer at Carey Danis & Lowe today by calling 800.721.2519 or by submitting a legal claim form.References: Mirena, Pharmaceutical litigation