Lawyers Have Filed a Petition to Create Paragard IUD Multi-District Litigation
Attorneys in California have filed a petition with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). The petition filed on September 24, 2020, requests the panel to “transfer ParaGard intrauterine device (IUD) lawsuits to the United States District Court for the Central District of California for pretrial consolidation and coordination.”
The filing comes after more than 50 actions were filed in courts across the United States against the makers of Paragard. The cases are pending in 29 different judicial districts. The motion requests that multi-district litigation (MDL) be created because the cases have similar claims.
What is a Paragard IUD?
Paragard is an IUD made from plastic, wrapped with copper that claims to be 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. The marketing of this IUD relies heavily on the fact that it does not contain hormones, making it different from other IUDs on the market.
Like other IUDs, it gets implanted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy and can allegedly remain there, effectively, for up to 10 years. The slow leaching of copper and the location of the device itself are the features that cause it to prevent fertilization.
Injuries From Paragard Are the Basis for Lawsuits
Paragard is not without side effects. Some are common, including severe menstrual bleeding, spotting, pelvic pain, abdominal cramps, and back pain. It can also cause pelvic inflammatory disease.
The injuries reported by Paragard users that are quite severe and can have life-changing consequences and have occurred during removal. These include:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Embedding in the uterus
- Unnecessary surgery
Many women involved in Paragard lawsuits have required additional surgery to correct the damage caused by the IUD. Women across the country have suffered from serious health conditions because of Paragard. Some are still suffering.
What Will the JPML Consider About Paragard Lawsuits?
The JPML considers various factors when deciding on requests for MDL. The similarity of claims is part of it.
In the Paragard cases, women claim that Teva Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Paragard, failed to warn women of the risks that it could break during removal and cause injuries. Paragard lawsuits claim that the IUD is defectively designed and manufactured. Paragard lawsuits cite statistics showing that hundreds of women have suffered serious injuries because of Paragard and its defects.
The lawyers who filed the petition to consolidate the Paragard litigation wrote in their supporting brief that doing so “would promote efficiency, avoid duplicative and inconsistent motions and rulings, and allow one judge to continue advancing ParaGard IUD litigation in ways that are useful and convenient to all parties.”
More Paragard Lawsuits are Expected
There are expectations that many more women will be filing Paragard lawsuits soon. As the number of plaintiffs filing IUD lawsuits increases, consolidation of cases might become critical.
Our Lawyers are Reviewing Paragard Lawsuits – Call Alonso Krangle, PLLC, Today
If you have been injured by Paragard IUD, you might be eligible to file a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals. We are interviewing potential Paragard plaintiffs at Alonso Krangle, PLLC.
Our lawyers at Alonso Krangle fight for victims who are injured by defective medical devices. If you had a Paragard IUD and suffered injuries during removal.
Call our Paragard lawyers today at 800-403-6191. Find out if you can collect compensation from the makers of Paragard.