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Judge so “No” to Yaz Class Action Lawsuit

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A federal judge has denied certification for a Yaz class action lawsuit, stating that claims over the birth control pill are too varied and rely on too many individual circumstances to allow them to go forward as one class action suit. Thus, each individual will be required to pursue their own lawsuit against Yaz which will continue to be coordinated in federal court as part of a multidistrict litigation.

Judge David R. Herndon issued an opinion on May 4, denying a request to certify a national class action for users injured by Yaz birth control and striking class action allegations.

Bayer had moved to have the class action claims thrown out in December, arguing that plaintiffs’ claims against Yaz, and a similar oral contraceptive known as Yasmin, involve individualized questions of fact that cannot be addressed by a class action lawsuit.

The drug maker currently faces nearly 7,000 lawsuits over Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills. Each of the lawsuits involve similar claims that the women who took the pills suffered health problems including blood clots, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, heart attack and gallbladder injuries.

A small group of cases have been selected for early trials in the federal MDL. These early trials will be used by the parties to gauge the relative strengths and weaknesses of the cases. The first trial is expected to begin early next year. disclaimer: This article: Judge so “No” to Yaz Class Action Lawsuit was posted on Friday, May 20th, 2011 at 5:45 pm at and is filed under Uncategorized.

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