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Judge Orders NuvaRing Settlement Discussions

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All federally filed NuvaRing lawsuits consolidated as part of multidistrict litigation before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri were ordered to prepare to discuss alternate dispute resolution at a February 28 hearing.

In January, Judge Sippel ordered attorneys for both parties to submit a dispute resolution plan for NuvaRing settlement negotiations. The plaintiffs submitted a plan that included using a special master to mediate negations. However, Organon and Merck suggested that before negotiations be considered, and that the court should first rule on case particulars, including challenges to the admissibility of some expert testimony, and that the initial bellwether trials should be held first.

The lawsuits all involve allegations that Merck and subsidiary Organon Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately research the NuvaRing birth control device, and failed to warn physicians and consumers about the increased risks of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), heart attacks, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and other blood clot issues.

NuvaRing is birth control device that releases etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol into the body through a small ring that is inserted into the vagina. disclaimer: This article: Judge Orders NuvaRing Settlement Discussions was posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 8:04 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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