Maryland women who have filed YAZ/Yasmin lawsuits in federal courts are seeing their cases shipped to Illinois, and many are wondering why. The Judicial Panel on MultiDistrict Litigation (JPML) approved MDL-2100, In Re: Yasmin and YAZ (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation. The approval was made on October 1, only seven days after the September 24 hearing.
The effect of the order is to transfer all YAZ and Yasmin drug defect cases that are now or later filed in federal courts to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The judge in charge of coordinated and/or consolidated proceedings there will be Chief Judge David R. Herndon (a Clinton appointee who, while in private practice, primarily represented plaintiffs in FELA railroad cases).
This is a terrific and exciting move for the YAZ and Yasmin litigation. The MDL will enable attorneys to spend more time working on the common discovery in all of their cases, and less time on case management orders and case-specific motions practice. Consolidation will truly promote judicial efficiency, and will probably lead to a better result for all concerned.
There are other hotbeds of YAZ/Yasmin activity. Some Maryland YAZ/Yasmin patients may have cases filed in state court in Philadelphia, California, or New Jersey. Philadelphia has a mock-centralization established. Whichever location for the case, we are confident that Maryland women and their families who have been injured by YAZ and Yasmin (injuries include gall bladder disease and removal, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, strokes and heart attacks) will get their day in court.
If you or someone you care for has used Yasmin/Yaz and has suffered from blood clots, stroke, DVT, heart attack or gallbladder injury, or you are an attorney with a Yasmin/Yaz case for which you would co-counsel or you think might be a candidate for a lawsuit or future potential global settlement, please call one of our MarylandYasmin/Yaz attorneys at 800-553-8082 or click here for a free no obligation consultation on your potential Yasmin/Yaz lawsuit.