Bellwether trials in the first state and federal NuvaRing cases have been scheduled.
The first “test” trial in state court is scheduled to begin on May 6, 2013, and will be held in the New Jersey state court. The first trial will be picked from a group of nine eligible bellwether cases. Seven will be pulmonary embolism cases, one of which resulted in death, and two stroke cases.
The first federal court bellwether trial has been scheduled to begin on July 8, 2013. This will also consist of both pulmonary embolism cases and stroke cases.
The outcome of these bellwether trials stand to have a great influence on how the rest of the NuvaRing cases will be resolved, currently more than 1,000 lawsuits strong. Really, the purpose of these trials in the MDL is to get both parties reading off the same sheet of music when it comes the settlement value of these case. My prediction and you read it here first: the cases set for trial will settle before a jury hears so much as a statement of the case. Like the Yaz cases, I don’t see defendants having the guts to try one of these cases. The evidence is just too stacked against them and a large verdict would dramatically change the settlement value of the NuvaRing claims.
Our lawyers are reviewing NuvaRing injury cases involving claims that NuvaRing can cause cardiac problems in women such as strokes, heart attacks, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolisms, and in some extreme cases, even death. Obviously, with the scheduling of the first bellwether trials, these cases are heating up. If you think you or someone you love may have suffered an injury from NuvaRing, call one of our NuvaRing lawyers at 800-553-8082. You can also get a free Internet consultation for your potential NuvaRing lawsuit.
- August, 2013 Update: Judge Rodney Sippel, who is presiding over the MDL, postponing the start of the first trial to January 27, 2014. Why? There still may be the possibility of a global settlement in these cases before the first trial.