NuvaRing Lawsuits: Specific Causation in Drug and Medical Device Cases

Last month, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) created MDL for the 11 NuvaRing lawsuits pending in federal court. Discovery for federal NuvaRing lawsuits – both pending and future – will be centralized for discovery purposes in the Eastern District of Missouri before Judge Rodney W. Sippel. More NuvaRing lawsuits are pending in New Jersey after plaintiffs defeated defendants’ efforts to remove all NuvaRing lawsuits to federal court.

These NuvaRing lawsuits involve blood clot-related injuries to women such as pulmonary embolisms, strokes, heart attacks, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Because NuvaRing is a birth control device, many of these injuries are occurring in young woman who are rarely at risk for non pharmacological induced blood clots.

Many of the NuvaRing cases are not going to have difficulty specifying causation problems because women who are on birth control are generally – although obviously not always – relatively young. Plaintiffs’ lawyers handling NuvaRing cases are going to have an easier time proving specific causation if general causation is established.

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