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Joint Yaz Lawsuit Filed in California

Yaz Bayer LawsuitKristen Estep, Emily Maddalena, and Faith Maldonado filed lawsuits on December 13, 2012, ins the Superior Court of the States of California against drug maker Bayer. They claim that Bayer’s popular fourth generation birth control, sold as Yaz, caused them to suffer serious side effects. They have also named Barr Laboratories, Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., and McKesson Corporation as defendants in their joint lawsuit. They are seeking compensation for injuries they suffered as a result of their use of the birth control medication.

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Plaintiffs experience side effects

The plaintiffs hail from Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, but filed their joint claim in California, which is the site of centralized litigation against the manufacturers and distributors of Yaz and Yasmin birth control. Although the plaintiffs come from different areas of the country, their cases are very similar–as are many cases that deal with Yaz side effects. These three plaintiffs claim that they suffered serious side effects as a result of their use of Yaz, which is a fourth-generation birth control medication that contains the synthetic hormone drospirenone. There are only three branded medications that contain drospienone–Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella. These three oral contraceptives have been named in dozens of side effects lawsuits filed across the country.

Each of the plaintiffs involved in the joint Yaz lawsuits claims to have, at one time, taken Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella and suffered complications as a result of their use of the drug. Plaintiff Erstep suffered deep vein thrombosis and other injuries related to her Yaz use. Plaintiff Maddalena was also diagnosed with DVT and other injuries related to the medication. Plaintiff Maldonado suffered a pulmonary embolism, which is a potentially fatal medical condition, as a result of her use of the drug.

Lawsuits bring multiple charges against drug maker

The plaintiffs are holding the manufacturers of the birth control responsible for the side effects they have endured. They are charging Bayer and other defendants with violation of civil code, violation of business and professions codes, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and concealment, breach of express and implied warranties, negligence, strict liability in tort, failure to warn, and manufacturing defect. They are seeking punitive, compensatory, and actual damages from the defendants.