In a ruling issued on March 2, 2017, Judge Winifred Y. Smith of the Alameda County Superior Court denied Bayer HealthCare’s motion to sever claims brought by 167 plaintiffs in two coordinated Essure lawsuits. Bayer contended that the claims were improperly joined together, citing differences among the plaintiffs’ allegations. Grant & Eisenhofer Director Beth Graham, Liaison Counsel and a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, successfully argued on behalf of plaintiffs that their claims—namely that Bayer misrepresented the safety and efficacy of permanent contraceptive device Essure and failed to include adequate warnings related to Essure—were properly joined in the litigation. Hundreds of cases consolidated in the Essure litigation similarly allege that the device caused debilitating side-effects.
Since being approved by the FDA in 2002, Essure has been associated with thousands of complaints made by women who reported severe complications from the device. If you or a loved one experienced complications after being implanted with Essure, call us at 888-985-7227 to speak confidentially with an attorney about your potential claim.