Yaz, Yasmin settlements progressing; talks could continue another year

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About 1,500 of the more than 9,000 lawsuits involving personal injuries caused by the oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin have been settled out-of-court and the federally-appointed mediator believes the end of this case is nearing.

According to a report posted at The Madison/St. Clair Record, an online legal journal, Chief U.S. District Judge David Herndon said in a statement that this massive caseload in his courtroom will continue moving at a steady pace and should conclude soon. More than 9,000 lawsuits filed by women or the families of women injured or who have died as a result of taking these oral contraceptives were consolidated as part of Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in an Illinois federal courtroom. 

Earlier this year, Herndon appointed a mediator to handle settlement discussions between Bayer AG, makers of Yaz, and those parties filing the lawsuits. The judge opted to negotiate settlements for these cases rather than hold bellwether trials which could help dictate settlement discussions for other victims.

Thousands of women claim they have suffered or been put at risk of suffering heart attacks, strokes, embolisms, blood clots, and other complications as a result of taking Yaz or Yasmin.

Bayer has already been chastised by federal regulators over their illegal and misleading ad campaigns which have downplayed these serious risks and women taking the drug claim they were never warned of the severity of potential side effects.

The mediator in the Yaz litigation said, despite a few holdouts, that all cases will likely be settled in the next year.