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Judge extends deadline on settlement for Yaz, Yasmin injury lawsuits

Filed April 27th, 2012 Laurie

The federal judge overseeing personal injury lawsuits filed against the makers of the oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin has extended a deadline for both sides to reach a settlement.

According to a report at, U.S. District Court Judge David R. Herndon has given sides another 90 days to reach a settlement. He had originally ordered both sides to meet with a mediator to come to terms on the numerous lawsuits filed by women who claim Yaz or Yasmin cause serious and life-threatening blood clots. The order from Herndon came just days before the first trial was to begin in January.

Herndon is presiding over the Yaz Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), thousands of lawsuits filed by women against Bayer claiming the relatively new birth control pills likely caused stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and sudden death.

The extended deadline will have the first bellwether trials starting in September of this year if attorneys for Bayer and the plaintiffs can not reach an agreement. Herndon allowed the parties time to reach a settlement because they appeared close to a deal prior to the start of the first trial, originally scheduled for January. This is the second extension given in the MDL with the express intent of reaching a settlement.

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