The federal judge overseeing the consolidated litigation against Bayer Healthcare in connection with allegedly harmful birth control pills says that lawyers on both sides are moving ahead diligently with various pretrial preparations.

About 300 women have filed lawsuits against Bayer in federal and state courts across the country, claiming that the drugmaker’s Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills increased their risk for blood clots, strokes, or other injuries. The class-actions lawsuits allege that Bayer failed to adequately research the birth control pills or warn about the possible dangerous and life-threatening side effects.

The consolidated cases from around the country are being heard in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Chief Judge David R. Herndon said that lawyers are working efficiently and in good faith to get the cases ready for trial. As a first step, the judge also discussed the possibility of so-called “bellwether” trials–cases put on the fast track to see how juries will respond to evidence that is likely to be presented throughout the entire litigation process. Hundreds more Yaz and/or Yasmin lawsuits are expected to be filed in the U.S. court system in 2010.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by any of the side effects of these oral birth control products, you may be entitled to seek money damages in a Yaz or Yasmin lawsuit against the manufacturer. Contact the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. to find out about your legal rights. Call Toll Free 877-544-5323 to arrange for a no-obligation consultation.


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