Status of the Yaz/Yasmin/Beyaz Litigation

Note: Lopez McHugh is no longer accepting cases involving Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz and gallbladder injury.

After evidence was published that Yaz and Yasmin are more dangerous than other birth control pills, women across the country began filing lawsuits against their manufacturers. The first cases were filed in 2009. Since that time, Lopez McHugh and several other law firms have been questioning the manufacturers and their employees, reviewing millions of pages of documents, and working with experts to prepare cases for trial.

Cases have been filed across the country and consolidated primarily in four jurisdictions: the federal court in Illinois and state courts in California, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Lopez McHugh is filing cases primarily in Pennsylvania because we believe the laws and the courts in Philadelphia are more favorable than the other available locations.

In December, 2010, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas issued an order scheduling the first trials in the Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella litigation. The leading trials, called “bellwether” cases, are intended to be representative cases that will be tried first and hopefully encourage settlements. The idea is that a verdict in a representative or bellwether case will provide information to all parties about the strengths and weaknesses of similar cases.

The Philadelphia judge grouped the cases into three categories based on the three types of injuries allegedly caused by Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella. In the first group, trials will be conducted for women who experienced pulmonary embolisms. In the second group, there will be trials for women who had their gallbladders removed. Finally, the court will hold bellwether trials for women who had blood clots. The scheduling order can be found here. The first trials were scheduled for January and February, 2012, but at the last minute, they were put on hold and the parties were ordered to negotiate settlements in good faith.

What If I Have Been Injured by Yaz/Yasmin/Beyaz?

Women who have suffered injury as a result of taking Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella should understand the legal remedies available to them. If you or someone you love developed a blood clot or gallbladder disease while taking Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, you may be eligible to recover damages.

Note: The following birth control pills contain drospirenone and all have a higher risk of injury: Beyaz, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Safyral, Syeda, Yasmin, Yaz, and Zarah.

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