More Than 700 NuvaRing Lawsuits Filed Against Merck And Organon At Start Of 2011
Trials Will Not Begin Until 2012 In Federal Court NuvaRing MDL And NJ NuvaRing "Mass Tort" Consolidaton
UPDATE: First NuvaRing Lawsuit Trials Against Merck Are Currently Scheduled To Start In May 2013 (New Jersey State Court NuvaRing Mass Tort Consolidation) And July 2013 (Federal Court NuvaRing MDL)
The first bellwether, or test, trial in the New Jersey state court consolidation of NuvaRing lawsuits is currently scheduled to start on May 6, 2013. In the federal court NuvaRing MDL, the first bellwether trial is set to start on July 8, 2013.
UPDATE: 950 NuvaRing Lawsuits Pending As Of December 31, 2011 According To Merck Annual Report
820 Cases Are Filed In Federal Court NuvaRing MDL And 125 Lawsuits Are Part Of New Jersey State Court Mass Tort
From Merck's Annual Report for 2010, at page 129, we get this information about the total number of filed NuvaRing lawsuits the drug company faces going into 2011:
Beginning in May 2007, a number of complaints were filed in various jurisdictions asserting claims against the Company’s subsidiaries Organon USA, Inc., Organon Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Organon International (collectively, “Organon”), and Schering-Plough arising from Organon’s marketing and sale of NuvaRing, a combined hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring....
As of December 31, 2010, there were approximately 730 NuvaRing cases. Of these cases, 610 are pending in the NuvaRing MDL in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri before Judge Rodney Sippel, and approximately 110 are pending in consolidated discovery proceedings in the Bergen County Superior Court of New Jersey before Judge Brian R. Martinotti. Four additional cases are pending in various other state courts.
The first NuvaRing trials will begin some time during the spring or summer of 2012 in the federal court NuvaRing MDL and the NJ NuvaRing "mass tort" consolidaton according to the current Case Management Orders (CMO) issued by the respective presiding judges, Judge Sippel and Judge Martinotti.
More NuvaRing lawsuits have been filed in the first part of 2011 and other new NuvaRing cases will be filed later this year by our law firm and other attorneys who are active in NuvaRing litigation.
Generally, these NuvaRing lawsuits involve blood clot-related injuries such as pulmonary embolism (PE), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), strokes, and heart attacks allegedly caused by use of the NuvaRing birth control product.
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