Often considering them to be an easy and convenient form of birth control, many women may be unaware of the serious side effects that intrauterine devices such as the Mirena® IUD can cause.

August 2014

Case Update:  U.S. Judicial Panel Ruling

In August 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on multidistrict litigation ruled that all Mirena cases alleging idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) will be tried on an individual basis instead of in a consolidated group. The Mirena multidistrict litigation consolidated in New Jersey and New York was not affected by this decision.

Mirena (levonorgestrel) Side Effects

Mirena is an IUD device that must be inserted by a trained health care provider and is intended to provide contraceptive protection for up to five years. Unfortunately, thousands of women and their loved ones have reported experiencing serious and fatal side effects to the FDA following the use of Mirena, including:

  • Embedment in the uterus
  • Intestinal perforations or obstruction
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), sometimes referred to as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), which can cause:
    • double or blurred vision
    • ringing in the ears
    • severe headaches or swelling of the optic nerves (papilledema)
  • Required hysterectomy

Mirena Lawsuits

Manufactured by New Jersey-based Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the Mirena IUD (generically known as levonorgestrel) was approved by the FDA for intrauterine contraception in 2000 and is used by approximately 2 million women in the United States alone.

In May 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court consolidated lawsuits filed in that state alleging that Bayer sold the Mirena IUD in an unsafe, defective and inherently dangerous condition. This decision followed a ruling one month earlier to consolidate federal court lawsuits before U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel in New York federal court. These cases allege that the Mirena IUD can migrate and perforate the uterine wall.

Our Leadership Roles in Mirena Lawsuits

Attorney Carmen Scott is co-lead counsel for the Mirena multidistrict litigation state court consolidation in New Jersey and is co-chair of the AAJ Mirena® IUD Litigation Group. Motley Rice attorney Fred Thompson serves as co-lead counsel for the Mirena® multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Contact a Mirena Attorney

If you or a loved one has undergone surgery to remove a Mirena IUD because it migrated from its original position (extra-uterine migration), or if you have been diagnosed with intracranial hypertension while using Mirena, you may have a claim. Contact medical attorney Carmen Scott by email or call 1.800.768.4026 to learn more.

Our Commitment to You

Complications as a result of a Mirena IUD can cause pain not only physically, but also emotionally. Our medical lawyers are prepared to stand for you and to use our resources and experience to seek the justice you deserve.

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