Burg Simpson News Updates
The number of lawsuits filed against Bayer by women injured as a result of taking the birth control drugs Yaz and Yasmin has risen to more than 1,000. Bayer is accused of failing to adequately warn women of the increased chances of stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism when taking Yaz or Yasmin. Given the number of pending lawsuits, litigation has been consolidated into three geographical areas. Lawsuits filed in the federal courts have been grouped together in a multi-district litigation suit and sent to the District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for the purpose of pretrial discovery. After discovery, many of these cases may be sent back to their home states for full trial. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits have been officially designated “mass torts” and assigned to Bergen County, Illinois, Judge Brian R. Martinotti and Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge, Sandra Mazer Moss.