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Mirena IUD Lawsuits Centralization in New Jersey Shot Down

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Bayer, the manufacturer of Mirena IUD, pushed to centralize its product liability and personal injury lawsuits into New Jersey State Court. The lawsuits are brought by women who experienced serious and often debilitating injuries from the implanted birth control device. Upon review the Supreme Court of New Jersey has decided not to consolidate all Mirena IUD lawsuits.

Now each case filed throughout New Jersey will continue to be litigated individually. Bayer Healthcare filed a request to centralize the New Jersey Mirena litigation in its home state, the company headquarters.

Mirena Lawsuit Allegations

Mirena is a female hormone (levonorgestrel) releasing intrauterine device. The birth control device is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to five years.

Mirena IUD was released by Bayer in 2000, and Mirena is touted as a insert and forget form of birth control. Many women have reported internal injuries and uterus perforation complications when the Mirena IUD moved from its initial implant location.

According to allegations raised in many of the lawsuits, Bayer failed to properly research the risk of Mirena side effects before marketing the IUD as a safe and effective form of birth control.

Bayer argued in its request to centralize the New Jersey litigation that placing all of the lawsuits before one experienced judge would “help ensure fairness to the parties, provide a streamlined approach to case management and avoid the possibility of duplicative motion practice and inconsistent discovery rulings between multiple Judges.”

Many lawyers involved in the litigation believe that a similar request will eventually be filed in the federal court system to consolidated all complaints filed in U.S. District Courts throughout the country before one judge, which is a process known as an MDL or Multi-District Litigation.

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