Federal Yaz, Yasmin lawsuits nearing 10,000


A recent wave of more than 70 lawsuits claiming injuries caused by the oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin brings the total number filed as part of a Multidistrict Litigation close to 10,000.

A MadisonRecord.com update on the ongoing Yaz MDL filed in U.S. District Court more than two years ago shows it has grown consistently in that time. Currently there are about 9,800 cases filed against Bayer and other drug companies claiming they knowingly hid data that showed the potentially life-threatening side effects of taking the oral contraceptives Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella. 

All the lawsuits currently filed in that federal case claim the birth control pills are responsible for or have put women at risk of heart attacks, strokes, embolisms, clots, and other diseases. In July, alone, there were 76 lawsuits added to the MDL.

Before the first lawsuits ever came to trial, U.S. District Judge David Herndon ordered attorneys for the Plaintiffs and Defendants to meet with an appointed mediator to work toward settlements in many of the cases. Earlier this year, Herndon said the cases were being settled at a consistent rate and expected most or all to be settled within a year.

At least 1,500 cases have been settled since February.