Yaz Litigation History
In August 2012, Bayer Pharmaceuticals—the manufacturer of Yaz and Yasmin—revealed that the company was facing more than 12,000 lawsuits filed on behalf of women who were injured after using the birth control pills. To date, Bayer has reported spending over $400 million in settlements for nearly 1,900 cases where women allege that the birth control pills caused blood clots.
Bayer Pharmaceuticals also revealed that it is facing three Yasmin and Yaz class action lawsuits in the U.S. and 13 in Canada. These lawsuits have alleged that Yaz and Yasmin are more likely than other birth control brands to cause blood clots and related side effects, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and other conditions. Studies published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that patients taking Yaz or Yasmin are twice as likely to develop blood clots as patients taking another brand of birth control.
Bayer filed a motion in November 2011 to dismiss nine Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits that were set to go to trial in Pennsylvania state court. The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court unanimously decided to reject the company’s motion, putting additional pressure on Bayer to settle the outstanding lawsuits filed by Yaz and Yasmin users.
In December 2011, a judge ordered lawyers involved in the first Yaz lawsuit scheduled to go to trial in federal court to meet with a mediator to determine whether a settlement could be reached.
If you or a loved one used Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills and suffered blood clots or other injuries, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.