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Five Plaintiffs Join Illinois MDL Alleging Yaz Side Effects

Yaz Yazmin Recall PackagingIn a new Yaz lawsuit filing, five plaintiffs will join the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for their birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and the generic form of the drug, Ocella. The MDL is located in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. In their filing from December 11, 2012, plaintiffs Crystal Elias, Monica Mack, Angela Thornton, Shanda Thomas, and Casey Maguire seek compensation for side effects from the birth control medication including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

They seek damages, punitive and exemplary damages, compensatory damages and reimbursement for legal fees.

MDL consolidates complaints against Bayer

The MDL against Bayer consolidates complaints nationwide of women who allegedly suffered from side effects of the medication ranging from blood clots, PE, DVT and other problems. The newly developed fourth generation progestin drospirenone is the main ingredient in Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella. The lawsuit consisting of five plaintiffs bring claims of breach of express and implied warranties, negligence, failure to adequately test, nonconformance with representations, inadequate warning, design defect, and defective manufacturing.

Lawsuit qualifies for federal court

All plaintiffs are United States residents, but come from different states. They assert that they were prescribed and took Yaz and/or Yasmin and suffered from Yaz side effects including, but not limited to, PE, stroke, gallbladder problems, and blood clots, allegedly from using the pills.

This lawsuit qualifies for filing in federal court because each alleges an amount in controversy over $75,000 and the plaintiffs are not residents of Delaware or Pennsylvania—Bayer’s main places of business.

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Various injuries suffered by plaintiffs allegedly due to Yaz and Yasmin

The lawsuit states that the plaintiffs suffered injuries as follows:

• On or about April 1, 2007, Crystal Elias was diagnosed with cysts on her ovaries and suffered gallbladder removal surgery

• On or about January 1, 2012, Monica Mack was diagnosed with blood clots

• On or about January 1, 2001, Angela Thornton was diagnosed with a blood clot

• On or about January 1, 2009, Shanda Thomas was diagnosed with blood clots and a stroke

• On or about December 18, 2010, Casey Maguire was diagnosed with PE

Prior to taking Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, none of the plaintiffs suffered from these symptoms and their lawsuit was filed to hold Bayer responsible for the injuries they have suffered.