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A Woman Files a Lawsuit Against Bayer Claiming Yaz Side Effects Caused Her Gallbladder Surgery

A new lawsuit was filed via short-form complaint against Bayer Corporation in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, on September 24, 2012. The plaintiff chose to file a Yaz lawsuit because of side effects from the contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin.

She claims that Yaz caused her to have surgery in which her gallbladder was removed.

This case joins numerous others in a coordinated proceeding against Bayer.

Women of childbearing age had been the targets of the marketing of Yaz and Yasmin, but the pills have been associated with side effects such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and as in the case of the plaintiff, gallbladder disease. Some side effects have led to permanent damage and death.

Bayer expects to spend up to $1.29 billion to settle claims against Yaz and Yasmin

A coordinated proceeding streamlines the litigation process as the individual complaints are tied to a master complaint. The master complaint outlines the case against the defendants. The injured parties can file a simpler complaint and help their cases move more rapidly and efficiently.

Settlements have been common in filings against Bayer for Yaz and Yasmin. It was reported in a Bayer stockholder document that there were 12,325 lawsuits against Bayer for their contraceptive pills Yaz and Yasmin. By mid-July, the company had paid out $402.6 million in order to settle 1,877 lawsuits. The company admitted that it expects to spend as much as $1.29 billion to settle future cases.

The plaintiff’s husband also joins the case claiming loss of consortium

Yasmin is the precursor to Yaz and was approved in the United States in 2001. Yaz was introduced in 2008.

The plaintiff’s husband has joined in her lawsuit, claiming loss of consortium. She alleges that the companies that manufacture and distribute the drugs failed to adequately warn the public of possible risks of taking Yaz and Yasmin. They seek damages from 22 causes of actions. These include deceit by concealment, negligence, products liability claims, breach of implied and express warranties, as well as various California Business and Professions Code violations claims.

Some plaintiffs have also filed cases after taking Ocella, which is the name of the generic form of Yaz and Yasmin.

Click here for additional information on side effects from Yaz and Yasmin and the possibility of filing a lawsuit against Bayer.

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