There are approximately 1,100 YAZ lawsuits pending around the country and thousands more around the world. Bayer's settlement payouts to settle Yaz and Yasmin claims who developed blood clots and other serious side effects from these birth control pills have now exceeded $1 billion, according to financial disclosures by Bayer. Now, that number has increased to $1.4 billion according to our most recent calculations.
These cases are being settled now in massive numbers. Don't be left out. Call 800-553-8082 or get a free online case evaluation here.
As of January 2014, these lawsuits are still being fought around the country in three central hotbeds:
- the federal cases (all in Illinois),
- New Jersey
Here is an update of the developments for each:Federal Cases:
There are 891 cases that have been filed in federal courts around the country and consolidated in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. These cases are consolidated for coordinated pretrial discovery in what is known as an MDL. Any case filed in a federal court anywhere in the country is sent to the Southern District of Illinois. After discovery is finished, many of these cases may be sent back to their home states for trial. At the March 4, 2010, status conference Judge Herndon confirmed that Bayer, the defendant, has produced over 10 million pages of documents in response to discovery requests. The court continues to work with the parties on protocols for managing the cases.
Judge Herndon recently denied remand in some cases where plaintiffs sought to be in state court on diversity grounds by adding local pharmacists as defendants. The defendants removed to federal court, and Judge Herndon found that diversity was insufficient here because the plaintiffs were not likely to succeed in their cases as against the pharmacists. Those cases will remain joined with the other federal cases and will stay before Judge Herndon.
In October 2013, many of these cases have been resolved. A large percentage of our clients have already received settlement checks and many more are on the way.
Many who now want to bring a claim cannot do so because their claim is barred by the statute of limitations. If you a potential claim, you should reach out to an attorney and get apprised of your rights to find out if you still have options. Fast. You can call us at 800-553-8082.New Jersey Cases:
On November 10, 2009, New Jersey state court Assignment Judge Donald Volkert, Jr. formally requested consolidation of the YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella birth control lawsuits in New Jersey state courts. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ordered that all pending and future state court actions regarding the birth control pills would be designated as a mass tort and assigned to Bergen County Judge Brian R. Martinotti. Furthermore, Judge Martinotti will oversee those cases and may return them to their original counties as he sees fit (presumably for individual trials after common work is completed).
Many of these cases are resolving. Why? Because they were moving towards trial, leaving Bayer in a terrible predicament. They knew -- and still know -- that one verdict will dramatically change the settlement situation. So they keep negotiating settlements because they want to reach a deal on as many as they can with adjudicating these cases. Eventually, a case is going to trial. There will be a holdout claimant that wants their day in court and that verdict will, I think, increase the compensation for the holdout plaintiffs.
The third center for these cases is the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These cases are before Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, and have been officially designated as a “mass tort.” This court operates essentially as a mini-MDL. The judge has been working with counsel to establish protocols for the management, and now the settlement, of the cases.Do I Have A Yasmin/Yaz Claim?
If you or a loved one has used Yasmin/Yaz and have suffered from blood clots, stroke, DVT, heart attack or gallbladder injury, please call one of our attorneys at 800-553-8082 or click here for a free no obligation consultation on your potential lawsuit.