After nearly six months of settlement negotiations, Bayer has reportedly reached agreements with approximately 33 different law firms to resolve at least 1,444 Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits. All of the claims were filed on behalf of women who suffered blood clot-related injures after taking the company’s blockbuster birth control pills. Despite the massive settlement agreement, Bayer still faces some 14,000 Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits involving injuries including pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks, strokes and gallbladder injuries.
Yaz / Yasmin Lawsuit Update 3/21/13: This week, Bayer Healthcare reportedly agreed to pay out as much as $24 million to settle gallbladder disease lawsuits involving its controversial Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills. Specifically, the company agreed to settlement payments of $2,000 to women who suffered gallbladder injuries, and $3,000 for women’s injuries which were so severe that their gallbladders had to be removed. Click here to learn more.
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What’s the problem?
July 9, 2012 – According to the minutes from a status conference held late last month, the involved parties updated Chief Judge David R. Herndon on the status of the Yaz settlement negotiations and indicated that they intend to engage in good faith negotiations to resolve the cases. All federal Yaz and Yasmin cases have been centralized before Herndon in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL).
An original scheduling order in the MDL called for three bellwether trials to be conducted, with two of the lawsuits involving blood clot injuries, as well as a third trial involving a plaintiff who claims she suffered a gallbladder injury from Yaz or Yasmin. But less than two weeks before the first trial was set to begin in January, Herndon postponed the trial dates and ordered the parties to engage in negotiations to settle the lawsuits.
Given the favorable progress in the settlement negotiations, Judge Herndon decided against conducting any bellwether trials for venous thrombotic injuries. It is still unclear as to how the cases involving gallbladder injuries will proceed, but they currently remain stayed until further notice. Although the exact breakdown of the injuries alleged in the Yaz / Yasmin litigation has not been specifically determined, according to estimates provided in 2010 court records, approximately:
- 40 to 41% involve a deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism;
- 10% involve a heart attack or stroke;
- about 43% involve claims for a gallbladder injury.
Bayer is currently in the process of negotiating claims in small groups with certain law firms, after a case-specific investigation into medical records. According to the company’s first quarter stockholder’s newsletter, Bayer is only settling claims involving pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis at this time.
Do I Have a Yaz Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new blood clot cases in all 50 states.
Free Yaz Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Yaz or Yasmin, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Yasmin injury suit and we can help.