Talk about a headache: Drug giant Bayer is defending itself in about 1,100 lawsuits in connection with alleged personal injuries from side effects of its Yaz and Yasmin oral birth control pills, and the company anticipates even more lawsuits to follow. And of five pending class-action lawsuits, three are in the U.S. and two are in Canada. Both Yaz and Yasmin contain a combination of ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone, a new type of progestin.
According to Bayer’s 2009 annual report which was released on February 26:
Plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages, claiming, in particular, that Bayer knew or should have known the alleged risks and should be held liable for having failed to disclose them or adequately warn users of Yasmin and Yaz.
The company adds that it “believes that it has meritorious defenses and intends to defend itself vigorously” in court.
All of the oral contraceptive cases brought against Bayer have been consolidated in or transferred to Illinois federal court.
Bayer earned about $1.8 billion from the pills in 2009, a 4.6 percent increase over the previous year.
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.