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Federal Judge Denies NuvaRing® Daubert Motions and Allows Plaintiffs’ Experts to Proceed to Trial

Exciting developments have occurred for the benefit of all injured plaintiffs involved in the NuvaRing® Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 1964). The Honorable Rodney W. Sippel has denied defendants’ Daubert Motions filed against several of plaintiffs’ expert witnesses. As a result, plaintiffs’ expert witnesses are allowed to testify at trial as to numerous issues, including defendants’ failure to adequately warn prescribing physicians and women of the increased risk of serious, life-threatening injuries posed to women using NuvaRing®, including venous thromboembolism (i.e., pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis).

Daubert motions – such as those filed by defendants against several of plaintiffs’ expert witnesses in the present context – are typically raised before trial to exclude the presentation of unqualified evidence to the jury. In particular, a Daubert motion is used to exclude the testimony of an expert witness who does not possess the necessary level of expertise or uses questionable methods to arrive at his or her opinions.

As a result of the denial of defendants’ Daubert motions by Judge Sippel, plaintiffs’ expert witnesses have been found to have both the necessary expertise and sufficiently reliable opinions in order to proceed to trial. The first trial in In re: NuvaRing® Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1964, is currently set to begin in October 2013.


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