10 Feb Merck May Settle 3,800 NuvaRing Lawsuits for $100 Million
After a hearing that took place last Friday in a New Jersey Federal Court, Judge Brian Martinotti announced that he has issued a preliminary approval of a $100 million NuvaRing settlement offer made by Merck to settle up to 3,800 NuvaRing lawsuits. According to Judge Martinotti’s announcement, the terms of this massive NuvaRing settlement would require that a minimum of 95 percent of the plaintiffs who have already filed NuvaRing injury claims against Merck (or at least 3,610 plaintiffs) agree to resolve their cases and accept this settlement offer. Reportedly, women who opt to accept the settlement will, on average, receive individual NuvaRing settlements of approximately $58,000.
However, should 5 percent or more (or more than 190) plaintiffs in the ongoing NuvaRing lawsuits reject Merck’s settlement offer, then Merck has the right to withdrawal its offer and take its chances in the upcoming trials, according to Judge Martinotti’s preliminary ruling.
Allegations of NuvaRing Injuries Made Against Merck
In general, the allegations that have been pointed at Merck in the thousands of NuvaRing lawsuits that have already been filed against the drug maker include that the use of NuvaRing substantially increases women’s risk of developing severe – and potentially life-threatening – health complications, including blood clots, pulmonary embolism (a condition in which blood clots lodge in the lung’s passages and critically impair breathing), heart attacks and strokes.
In fact, one study published in the May 2012 British Medical Journal reported that women who use the NuvaRing contraceptive are more than six times more likely to develop serious blood clots than women who take birth control pills for contraception.
Additionally, the pending NuvaRing lawsuits all generally have alleged that Merck:
- Did not conduct sufficient safety testing on the NuvaRing contraceptive
- Knew about the elevated risks of serious blood clot disorders that have been linked to NuvaRing use
- Was negligent in warning women and the medical community about these serious risks.
Phoenix Product Liability and Personal Injury Lawyers
You have a choice in the lawyer you hire to handle your claim, and the choice you make can affect the compensation you receive. Make sure that your lawyer has the ability and experience to handle your case. If you have develop serious health complications due to the use of NuvaRing – or if you have suffered from any type of personal injury and suspect that another party’s negligence or recklessness may be to blame, the Phoenix product liability lawyers at the Law Office of Richard Langerman will fight to help you obtain the maximum possible compensation you deserve to cover your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills.
For more than 25 years, our attorneys have been representing clients and aggressively defending their rights both inside and outside of the courtroom against defense attorneys, corporate lawyers and insurance company agents alike. In addition to having extensive experience handling motor vehicle accident lawsuits, our attorneys are also skilled at overseeing product liability cases, insurance bad faith cases and various other types of personal injury cases.