Atlanta, Georgia – Over one thousand women have filed lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceuticals and CooperSurgical, the manufacturers of the Paragard intrauterine device (IUD), claiming that the device fractured during removal and caused injuries. The Paragard lawsuits have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Georgia, presided over by Judge Leigh Martin May. The lawsuits allege that the design of the Paragard IUD, made with inflexible plastic, makes it prone to breaking inside a woman’s body.
The Paragard MDL has seen steady growth, with over 2,000 pending cases as of November 2023. The litigation process has been slow, with the first bellwether trial set for October 2024. The bellwether trials, which will involve a select group of representative cases, will provide insight into how juries may react to the evidence and testimony presented. The results of these trials significantly impact the litigation and may lead to a global settlement.
While it is too early to determine the exact settlement amounts, based on prior mass tort cases, it is estimated that plaintiffs in the highest tier could receive between $100,000 and $380,000. Those in the second tier could receive payouts ranging from $40,000 to $75,000, while those in the third tier may receive smaller payouts ranging from $10,000 to $30,000. These estimates are subject to change as the litigation progresses.
The Paragard IUD is a birth control device made of plastic and copper that is placed in the uterus by a doctor. The alleged design defect in the Paragard causes the device to become rigid and break during removal, leaving sharp pieces of plastic in a woman’s uterus. The plaintiffs argue that the manufacturers knew of these risks but failed to adequately warn doctors and patients.
The Paragard MDL continues to move forward with ongoing discovery proceedings. The focus of the discovery process is on the design flaw in the Paragard and what the manufacturers knew about the risks associated with the device. Ultimately, the goal is to reach a global settlement that will provide compensation to all the plaintiffs involved in the MDL.
If you have been injured by a Paragard IUD that broke during removal, it is important to seek legal representation. A Paragard lawyer can guide you through the legal process and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact a Paragard lawyer today to discuss your case and explore your legal options.