Merck's NuvaRing Win Puts Pressure On MDL Plaintiffs

Law360, New York (April 22, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey state judge on Thursday tossed seven bellwether cases over injuries allegedly caused by a Merck & Co. Inc. subsidiary's NuvaRing contraceptive, a devastating ruling that will force plaintiffs in upcoming multidistrict litigation to retool their argument on how the drug harmed them.

In granting summary judgment to Merck and Organon USA Inc., Judge Brian Martinotti found that the plaintiffs in a first round of bellwethers had failed to prove NuvaRing caused their injuries, which included pulmonary embolisms, stroke and deep vein thrombosis....
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