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Yaz, Yasmin InjuryLawsuits Being Settled

Filed July 6th, 2012 Laurie

Chief U.S. District Judge David Herndon says about 1,500 of more than 9,000 lawsuits filed in federal court in East St. Louis, Missouri, over the oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin have been settled.

Plaintiffs in the cases claim that Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills cause heart attacks, stroke, embolisms, clots and other health complications. The drugs’ manufacturers are also accused of failing to adequately research their products and withholding information about the drugs’ risks from patients.

Out of the 1,500 cases that have been settled, the average settlement comes to about $214,000, though not everyone is expected to receive that amount. Some of the more serious cases may receive more, and some may receive less. The majority of the settled cases involved deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism injuries, according to Stephen Saltzburg, a professor at the George Washington University Law School.

Herndon is credited with putting the cases on the mediation track, avoiding “bellwether trials, which would have streamlined the cases by providing a range of settlements.

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