This is Michael Brady Lynch, lead trial attorney for The Michael Brady Lynch Firm.
It looks like the Mirena IUD case is heading to federal court.
Mirena IUD lawsuits could be headed to Ohio federal court after plaintiffs filed a petition to have the claims consolidated in a multidistrict litigation and transferred to a single judge in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. In a January 16th petition filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), plaintiffs assert that consolidation of all pending and future federally-filed Mirena lawsuits will streamline the process, preserve the resources of the court, and avoid inconsistent ruling across similar actions.
The petition for the Mirena lawsuit consolidation was filed one week after the New Jersey Supreme Court rejected a request filed by plaintiffs to have 16 similar actions filed in that state consolidated before one judge in Middlesex County Superior Court.
At the time the petition was filed with the JPML, there were eight Mirena IUD lawsuits pending in several federal jurisdictions. Mirena is currently used by some 2 million women, and plaintiffs predict that the number of claims will grow. All of the pending lawsuits allege the Mirena IUD can cause serious injuries when it spontaneously migrates from its proper location in the uterus, including:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Embedment in the uterine wall
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
Mirena was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 as a contraceptive and is now also approved to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women who wish to use an IUD as their primary method of birth control. Mirena lawsuits allege the maker of the device, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, has a history of overstating the efficiency of the IUD and downplaying the potential for serious Mirena complications. In fact, Bayer was taken to task by the FDA for doing so in a 2009 warning letter.
If you or a loved one had a Mirena IUD and suffered a complication, please contact The Michael Brady Lynch Firm for your free, no-obligation case evaluation.
About the Firm: The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is a trial firm with a focus on pharmaceutical mass tort cases involving SSRI and Anti-Seizure Medication Birth Defects including Lexapro, Zoloft, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, Depakote and Topamax, Mirena IUD, Actos Bladder Cancer, Fosamax Femur Fractures, and medical device cases including DePuy Hip and Trans-Vaginal Mesh cases. Contact us today if you or someone you know has experienced side effects involving these products.