Updates On The Paragard IUD MDL Lawsuits
The Paragard MDL Litigation: What You Need to Know
Paragard is a copper intrauterine device (IUD) that is used for long–term contraception. The device has been linked to serious complications, including migration of the device, perforation of the uterus, and other serious side effects. As a result, a multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been created to consolidate the claims of those injured by the device. If you or a loved one has been injured by a Paragard IUD, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced plaintiff’s law firm can help you understand your rights and options.
What is an MDL?
An MDL is a type of lawsuit that consolidates multiple cases with similar facts and legal issues. It is not a class action but is similar in some ways in that the claims of many cases are consolidated. The purpose of an MDL is to streamline the litigation process and reduce the costs associated with individual lawsuits. In an MDL, the cases are assigned to one judge who oversees all aspects of the litigation. This includes pretrial discovery, motions, and settlement negotiations. It also often includes early “bellwether” trials of certain cases.
What is the Paragard MDL?
The Paragard MDL was created in December 2020. The MDL is pending in the Northern District of Georgia and is presided over by Judge Leigh Martin May. The MDL is a consolidation of lawsuits filed by individuals who have been injured by the Paragard IUD. The lawsuits allege that the device is defective and that the manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, failed to warn consumers of the risks associated with the device. Plaintiffs allege that the Paragard arms may end up embedded in the uterine wall or break off, causing extensive injuries and pain. The plaintiffs in the MDL are seeking compensation for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The case has been progressing well and quickly. More than 1,600 cases have now been consolidated in the Paragard litigation. Plaintiffs expect that these numbers will continue to rise as more injuries from the Paragard IUD are known and patients who have been harmed find representation.
On February 27, 2023, the Judge established a procedure for ten representative cases to be tried as bellwether trails in 2024. This is an important step in helping all parties evaluate the claims and in their value.
On January 25, 2023, the Judge appointed a mediator to help the parties discuss settlement options. And while settlement may be a long way off, this too is a crucial step in any resolution of the Paragard MDL.
What Should I Do if I’ve Been Injured by a Paragard IUD?
If you or a loved one has been injured by a Paragard IUD, it is important to seek legal advice from an experienced plaintiff’s law firm. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and options and determine if you are eligible to participate in the MDL. An experienced attorney can also help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. If you or a loved one has been injured by the device, it is important to seek legal advice from an experienced plaintiff’s law firm. All lawsuits have time limitations on when they can be filed. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and options and determine if you are eligible to participate in the MDL.
If you or a loved one may have been hurt by a Paragard IUD, contact us today for a free consultation and review of your case by our experienced team.