Yaz Birth Control Lawsuit Consolidation Requested in New Jersey

As the number of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella birth control lawsuits in New Jersey state court continues to rise, a judge has requested consolidation of all cases involving allegations that the popular pills caused women to suffer a stroke, pulmonary embolism or other injury.

Assignment Judge Donald Volkert, Jr. filed a request with the Administrative Office of the Courts in New Jersey to centralize all Yaz lawsuits, Yasmin lawsuits or Ocella lawsuits in one county. There are already 39 complaints involving the popular birth control pills pending throughout the state, with 13 alone in Volkert’s district in Passaic County.

Yaz birth control lawyers who are investigating potential claims on behalf of women indicate that the number of cases filed in New Jersey state courts could ultimately exceed 1,000, with thousands more filed throughout the United States.

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Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella are among the most widely used types of oral birth control pills. They involve a combination of ethinyl estradiol with a new type of progestin, drospirenone, which has been linked to an increased risk of serious and potentially life-threatening health problems, such as strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, gallbladder disease and sudden death.

Yaz and Yasmin birth control are manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and Ocella birth control is a generic version that is sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

All of the Ocella, Yasmin and Yaz birth control lawsuit complaints filed in New Jersey and other courts throughout the United States involve similar allegations that the drug makers failed to adequately research the drug and concealed the risk of injury compared to other available birth control pills.

According to the New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey’s Administrative Office of the Courts is considering Volkert’s proposal for mass tort and is accepting public comment on the proposal until December 31. Volkert argues that without the centralization, the number of existing and anticipated cases over the birth control pills could place a substantial strain on the state’s court system.

All federal Yaz litigation has already been consolidated for pretrial proceedings in an MDL, or multidistrict litigation before U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon in East St. Louis. In addition, Pennsylvania state courts have decided to consolidate the Yasmin and Yaz suits in Philadelphia.

If the Yaz birth control lawsuits are afforded mass tort treatment in New Jersey, then all pending cases in the state’s courts and any future cases filed will be assigned to one judge for coordinated handling.

3 Comments

  • LIZETTEFebruary 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I have been on Yaz for a while and have had my gullbladder removed. I never know it could be because of this pill. Totally shocked!!!!

  • DebbieDecember 3, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I started taking Yaz in April of 2009, in July of 2009 I suffered a heart attack. and spent nearly a week in the hospital. In August of 2009 I had chest pains again and ended up back in the hospital. I had a cardiac catherization and had complications which put me into cardiac arrest. This has all been a nightmare. I have suffered mentally and have been experiencing severe anxiety attacks that [Show More]I started taking Yaz in April of 2009, in July of 2009 I suffered a heart attack. and spent nearly a week in the hospital. In August of 2009 I had chest pains again and ended up back in the hospital. I had a cardiac catherization and had complications which put me into cardiac arrest. This has all been a nightmare. I have suffered mentally and have been experiencing severe anxiety attacks that I believe are due to all of the illness I have experienced.

  • MichelleNovember 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I was taking Yaz from 2006-2007 and then switched to Yasmin from 2007 to April of 2009. I suffered from my first gallstone attack in May of 2008 and had to have my gallbladder removed in September of 2008 due to a large amount of gallstones that developed.

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