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Plaintiffs file motion to have Mirena lawsuits consolidated in MDL

Plaintiffs who have filed Mirena lawsuits against Bayer recently petitioned the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a centralized docket for the cases in Ohio district court. The motion came just one week after the New Jersey state supreme court denied a petition filed by lawyers for Bayer to consolidate nearly a dozen lawsuits involving Mirena birth control IUDs in that state’s courts.

Women who were injured or who experienced problems during pregnancy while using Mirena have filed lawsuits against Bayer alleging that the company failed to properly warn patients about the side effects and risks of the intrauterine device. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the agency has received more than 45,000 reports of Mirena problems from women who were injured after using the IUD.

A multidistrict litigation, or MDL, is a type of legal procedure designed to speed the handling of complex litigation involving large numbers of plaintiffs. MDLs differ from class action lawsuits in that each plaintiff’s case remains separate in the MDL rather than being joined together under one class.

In total, more than 2 million women have used Mirena since the device was approved by the FDA in 2000. Attorneys involved in the Mirena litigation have predicted that hundreds of lawsuits may eventually be filed by women who experienced problems with the IUD.