SBD: Pharmaceutical Litigation Leaders
The newest birth control litigation involves Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals who is the manufacturer of Yaz® and Yasmin® birth control pills and Barr Laboratories and Teva Pharmaceuticals who are now the manufacturers of Ocella®, the generic form of Yasmin. In November 2009, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) granted a petition filed by plaintiffs and created a Yaz®/Yasmin® multidistrict litigation (MDL). All pending cases and all future lawsuits filed in the federal court system will be centralized for discovery purposes in the Southern District of Illinois before Judge David R. Herndon.
Schlichter Bogard & Denton attorneys have secured key leadership positions in MDL. Partner Roger Denton has been appointed the MDL's liaison counsel. Megan Vanderbeek is a member of the Discovery committee. Beth Wilkins is a member of the Science and Expert committee and Law and Briefing committee. Kristine Kraft is a member of the Discovery and Science and Expert committee. Kristie Blunt is a member of the Law and Briefing committee.
There are hundreds of plaintiffs who have already filed a lawsuit in the MDL. Some have predicted thousands of cases will be consolidated into the Southern District of Illinois by the time the pre-trial discovery phase wraps up.
Schlichter Bogard & Denton is representing women who have suffered from injuries after using the NuvaRing®. The NuvaRing® is a contraceptive ring used to prevent pregnancy. For the reason that this method of contraception is new and different from the birth control pills, there are few studies documenting the risks associated with the product. Still, it has been alleged that the injuries may be caused by the combination of hormones found in the ring. Injuries include deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack and stroke.
On August 22, 2008 the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) granted a petition filed by plaintiffs and created a NuvaRing® multidistrict litigation (MDL). Consequently, all pending NuvaRing® cases and all future NuvaRing® lawsuits filed in the federal court system will be centralized for discovery purposes in the Eastern District of Missouri before Judge Rodney W. Sippel, in the case captioned In re: NuvaRing® Products Liability Litigation, No. 08-md-1964, JPML. Attorneys from Schlichter Bogard & Denton are members of the MDL's plaintiffs steering committee. Partner Roger Denton has been appointed the co-lead counsel for the NuvaRing® MDL. Kris Kraft is the liaison counsel. Megan Vanderbeek is on the discovery committee.