In December 2008, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel voted in favor of strengthening warnings on Yaz birth control pill labels. Unfortunately, the recommendation came too late for many women who experienced life-threatening complications from the drug. Many of these women sued drugmaker Bayer for their injuries.
More than 11,000 Americans have filed Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella lawsuits. The claims accuse Bayer and others of negligence, strict product liability, breach of express and implied warranties, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, medical monitoring, and fraud and deceit.
A judicial panel transferred federal lawsuits involving the drugs to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. A single judge, the Honorable David R. Herndon, has been assigned to manage the cases, known as Multidistrict Litigation No. 2100.
The first trials were scheduled for early 2012, but the judge postponed them to encourage settlement talks. Later that year, Bayer reportedly agreed to pay at least $110 million to settle hundreds of Yasmin and Yaz lawsuits. The settlements were estimated at $220,000 per case. Settlements have continued. According to reports, by July 2013, Bayer had settled 6,760 cases for $1.4 billion.
As of August 2013, more than 1,000 MDL cases had been resolved, and more than 9,800 cases were pending.
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