The number of lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical giant Bayer on behalf of women allegedly injured by Yaz and Yasmin continues to grow by leaps and bounds around the country, as the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) for the cases recently surpassed asbestos as the largest in the nation. All of the complaints involve similar allegations which state that Bayer knew – or should have known – about the health risks involved with its blockbuster birth control pills, but that it failed to inform the public and medical communities about this risk. Over the past several years, both Yaz and Yasmin have been increasingly linked to heart attacks, strokes, gallbladder disease, and several types of life-threatening blood clots.
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.
Free Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after taking Yaz, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
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July 31, 2012 – In October 2009, the federal Yaz and Yasmin litigation was consolidated into an MDL under U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon in the Southern District of Illinois. At the time of the consolidation, there were 32 lawsuits pending in different federal courts around the country. Since then, the MDL has grown to include nearly 9,000 claims pending against Bayer.
With the wave of new Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits filed over the past three months, the litigation has now surpassed the MDL established for asbestos claims in 1991, which is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Of the 308 active MDL dockets pending in the federal court system, the Yaz and Yasmin litigation now has the largest active case load.
Although the number of cases added to the Yaz and Yasmin MDL is increasing by the week, many lawsuits have been resolved between Bayer and various law firms around the country. At a status conference held last month, it was reported that Bayer had reach settlement agreements in at least 1,444 Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits, with the parties indicating that good faith negotiations will continue through the summer and into the fall.
Small groups of claims are currently being negotiated on a case-by-case basis, after individual analysis of medical records. However, at the same time, lawyers are continuing to review potential lawsuits for women who have allegedly been injured by Yaz or Yasmin. Therefore, the size of the MDL is expected to grow substantially in the foreseeable future, even as other claims are being resolved.
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 lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new blood clot cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed a blood clot after using Yaz, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.