New Jersey state court Judge Brian Martinotti expects nine NuvaRing bellwether trials to be ready to be heard on February 4, 2013. Judge Martinotti is overseeing approximately 125 cases in the Bergen County Superior Court of New Jersey.
Federal Judge Rodney Sippel is overseeing approximately 820 federally filed NuvaRing lawsuits consolidated in multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Judge Sippel has not yet set a date for the trials to begin.
NuvaRing was approved by the FDA in 2001, though after a plethora of adverse events, in 2011, the agency released a study warning that birth control devices like NuvaRing “potentially result in higher sustained exposure to estrogen and hence, increased thromboembolic risk.” The results of the study suggest that NuvaRing increased the risks of Deep Vein Thrombosis, DVT, and pulmonary embolism by 56 percent, as compared to older birth control methods.
According to the lawsuits filed in the New Jersey Mass Tort litigation, plaintiffs suffered severe injury from the birth control’s high hormone release rate, including heart attack, stroke, death, and the breakdown of tissue and organs leading to amputation, the Times Union reported.