Thursday, January 6, 2011
Trial schedule set for consolidated claims against manufacturers of birth control products
Thousands of lawsuits seeking compensation for a variety of injuries allegedly caused by birth control products Yaz and Yasmin are pending in various courts throughout the United States. The complaints involve claims filed by women who allege that they suffered pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, gallbladder injury or other health problem as a result of the popular birth control pills. In federal court, all the cases have been consolidated in a Multi-District Litigation procedure, which is centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. In state court, cases have also been consolidated for pretrial proceedings in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. The cases in Pennsylvania are now set to go to trial according to a newly set trial schedule which closely mirrors the bellwether trial schedule in the federal multidistrict litigation. The first trials expected to begin in September 2011. For more on this story go to AboutLawsuits.com.