Plaintiffs Petition for Creation of MDL in Yaz
Currently, 32 complaints have been filed in federal court against the manufacturers of Yaz. Plaintiffs have alleged physical injuries as a result of Yaz use such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, seizures, gall bladder injuries, and death. The federal plaintiffs have filed suit in various federal forums and have recently petitioned the Northern District of Ohio for a consolidation of all of the suits for Multi-District Litigation (MDL).
An MDL is the consolidation of all similar federal cases for pre-trial purposes. An MDL can be established when there are extremely similar claims against the same defendants and all of the claims have similar issues that will be litigated. MDLs are very efficient especially in a discovery sense because documents generally will only have to be produced once for every plaintiff that is involved in the MDL. Plaintiffs requested that the MDL for Yaz be established in the Northern District of Ohio because there are currently 14 of the 32 federal suits filed in that district. Plaintiffs argue that the Northern District of Ohio is a centralized location and will be the most convenient location for an MDL, given that most of the cases filed are already in the Northern District of Ohio.
See the Petition for the creation of an MDL at: