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NuvaRing trial date set in New Jersey mass tort

Filed April 10th, 2012 Laurie

The judge overseeing the NuvaRing mass tort lawsuit has set a date for the first bellwether trial.

According to a report at, Judge Brian Martinotti ruled last week that Feb. 4, 2013, will be the expected start of the first case involving a plaintiff claiming the NuvaRing contraception device caused serious and life-threatening blood clots.

Martinotti is presiding over a mass tort lawsuit filed in a Bergen County, N.J., state courtroom. The judge has not decided which of the nine cases selected out of a larger group of lawsuits will be tried first but that all will be ready for trial at that time. In addition to these 9 cases, there are at least another 125 similar lawsuits filed in New Jersey state courts. More than 800 NuvaRing lawsuits have been filed in federal courts across the country. Those lawsuits have been consolidated as part of Multidistrict Litigation in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Each filed lawsuit claims the makers of NuvaRing, Merck, has not disclosed the potential dangers of its self-implanted contraception device, especially its link to life-threatening blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and stroke. Women who were prescribed NuvaRing often claim they were sold on the convenience of the device and it being a new treatment.

NuvaRing uses a combination of ethinyl estradiol, a form of estrogen, and etonogestral. Most hormonal forms of contraception have proven to carry some degree of dangerous side effects to the women taking them.

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