Essure Users Must Combine 13K Injury Suits, Judge Says

By Dorothy Atkins (March 28, 2018, 6:55 PM EDT) -- Attorneys representing women in more than 13,000 lawsuits claiming Bayer HealthCare's Essure birth control harmed them must submit a master complaint combining all their allegations, a California federal judge ordered Tuesday, saying she's been "gently" suggesting it for some time, but now it's a mandate.

During a hearing in Oakland, California, Alameda Superior Judge Winifred Y. Smith told parties for both sides that they're going to have to start thinking about going to trial "at some point." So most of their energy should be focused on filing a master complaint that combines all the allegations, instead of fighting over dispositive motions...

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