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Yaz, Yasmin Judge Pushes for Settlement Talks After Bellweather Trials

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Judge David R. Herndon in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois will not consolidate cases during the early bellwether trials in the Yaz and Yasmin litigation, but has indicated that the court may push for settlement negotiations after the bellwether trials are completed.

Judge Herndon is presiding over the consolidation of the more than 6,350 lawsuits that have been filed in federal courts across the country alleging that Bayer failed to warn consumers about the increased risks of serious and potentially fatal side effects of the birth control drugs Yaz, and Yasmin. Side effects include stroke, deep vein thrombosis, gallbladder disease and pulmonary embolism.

Judge Herndon has requested the first trials represent the allegations of serious injury. The first trial will involve a pulmonary embolism, the second, gallbladder disease, and the third trial will involve venous thromboembolism.

In response to a plaintiffs attorney’s who wanted to consolidate the second and third trials, saying that trying the cases one by one would “commit this litigation to a lifespan of eternity,” Judge Herndon replied, “The Court has no intention of presiding over anything into eternity, let alone this litigation, and the Court is presently working on a process that will engage the parties in settlement discussions following the bellwether trials in a meaningful way. This comes as a surprise to the parties since the Court has not, until this moment, revealed this plan to the parties, but the Court assures all concerned that when the time is appropriate each party will be given input in the process. No party has yet excluded the possibility of engaging in meaningful settlement discussions, there have only been disagreements about when those efforts should begin.” disclaimer: This article: Yaz, Yasmin Judge Pushes for Settlement Talks After Bellweather Trials was posted on Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 8:42 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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