Bayer agrees to settle Yasmin, Yaz gallbladder lawsuits

by Eric Pearson

Bayer AG has agreed to pay up to $24 million to settle lawsuits filed by plaintiffs alleging gallbladder injuries from the company’s Yasmin and Yaz oral contraceptives. The settlement involves gallbladder injury claims consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois as well as in state courts in California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Under the agreement, Bayer will pay $2,000 to plaintiffs who suffered gallbladder injuries and $3,000 to individuals who had their gallbladders removed. The payments may be reduced, depending on the number of women who file claims, as the settlement is capped at $24 million. Bayer reserved the right to walk away from the settlement if fewer than 90 percent of the individuals who are eligible for payment choose to participate in the settlement.

Since 2009, Bayer has been hit by a wave of lawsuits claiming that the company knew or should have known of the health risks allegedly posed by Yasmin and Yaz contraceptives and failed to warn users. The company is facing around 10,000 lawsuits in the United States over the drugs.

In February, a Bayer report said it had reached agreements to pay $1 billion to settle claims by 4,800 women or their representatives in the United States who say the pill caused blood clots that resulted in heart attacks, strokes or other injuries. In April 2012, the Food and Drug Administration ordered revised labels on birth control pills, including Yasmin and sister drug Yaz, to strengthen blood clot warnings.

Women with both gallbladder and blood clot injuries might choose to not accept the gallbladder settlement since they would be barred from also collecting a blood clot settlement, which can be larger. Damages in blood clot cases can exceed $100,000.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have made it a career priority to hold drug manufacturers accountable and responsible for their actions. As a result, we have spent years holding drug companies and medical device manufacturers responsible for the injuries and deaths caused by their reckless conduct. We have represented hundreds of people regarding dangerous fentanyl pain patches, defective hip and knee implant devices, Yaz, Actos, Avandia and Accutane—to name just some examples.

If you or a loved one suffered blood clots or other complications after Yaz or Yasmin, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To find out if you may have a case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out our free online case evaluation form.