A federal judge wants to see women on the proposed all-male plaintiffs executive committee overseeing the Mirena IUD lawsuits. The consolidated, multidistrict litigation involves more than 50 lawsuits claiming the contraceptive’s label did not warn consumers that it could push through the uterus and migrate to other organs. Last April, a U.S. Judicial Panel on MDLs ordered the cases be consolidated in the Southern District of New York.
Four men asked to be appointed to the committee, but U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel suggested that fewer attorneys could oversee the litigation, and that perhaps a female would serve well on the team for both empathy and trial strategy. The proposed committee is arguing that it needs more attorneys on the executive team, rather than fewer, to help cover the costs associated with pretrial work.
The Mirena IUD is an intrauterine device used to prevent pregnancy. It is also used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women who use IUDs for birth control. Bayer Healthcare, maker of the Mirena IUD, claims the device’s label adequately warns women of the potential risks.
More than 100 more Mirena IUD lawsuits have been filed in state courts across the country. Attorneys for the federal plaintiffs team say they expect the MDL will eventually grow into thousands of cases.
Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of injury associated with the Mirena IUD.
Source: ABA Journal