Judge Scraps First Bellwether Trial In Yaz MDL

Law360, New York (January 3, 2012, 12:41 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge on Saturday abandoned a plan to hold on Jan. 9 the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation accusing Bayer Corp. of hiding health risks posed by birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, and appointed a mediator instead.

The MDL brings together approximately 10,000 cases filed across the country arguing that Bayer's Yaz and Yasmin oral contraceptives — which brought in $1.1 billion in sales in 2010 — were responsible for blood clots, gallbladder disease, strokes and heart attacks, according to a plaintiff's...
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