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Judge Rachelle Harz Takes over Mirena IUD Litigation in NJ

Jul 14, 2016

A new judge is overseeing the Mirena IUD multicounty litigation in Bergen County, New Jersey. Court documents indicate that Judge Brian Martinotti, who has presided over proceedings up until this point, will be leaving the Bergen County bench to assume new duties in Federal Court. He will be replaced by Judge Rachelle Harz. The next upcoming conference call with Judge Harz will take place on August 3rd at 11 am. The case is In Re: Mirena Litigation, Case No. 297 in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Bergen County.

Mirena IUD is a contraceptive device marketed by Bayer. It is a hormonal, t-shaped device placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy long-term. Plaintiffs in the litigation allege that they suffered serious injuries when the IUD moved from its original location, and became embedded elsewhere. The suits accuse Bayer of failing to warn about the risk of migration and perforation.

Mirena litigation has grown in recent years. In addition to the Bergen County litigation, there is a multidistrict litigation underway in New York. Parker Waichman has served a leadership role in both litigations. Raymond C. Silverman, partner at Parker Waichman, has been appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the multicounty litigation centralized in Bergen and Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP, has been appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the MDL.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mirena in 2000. In 2009, the agency reported that the most serious complications associated with the device include perforation of the uterine wall, embedment of the device in the uterine wall, intrauterine pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, group A streptococcal sepsis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

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