Bayer is in the middle of a mass tort filed against it for dangers caused by its Essure birth control system. Some of the worst complaints from women who used the birth control system include patient and infant deaths, internal organ perforation, autoimmune diseases, and chronic pelvic pain.
Much of the discovery documents in the Essure mass tort have been kept confidential, making it difficult for plaintiffs and their attorneys to construct solid cases. In the interest in public health and safety, though, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith recently announced she would order for key documents to be declassified.
There have been millions of pages’ worth of information and evidence brought forth during discovery due to the sheer size of the mass tort. Smith’s order would only uncover 16 discovery dockets and a small portion of the deposition. The uncovered documents are said to focus on how Bayer responded to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspections and investigations into the reported dangers of Essure.
Judge Smith also explained that many of the documents she wants to declassify are more than 10 years old. This is important because trade secret laws generally limited the confidentiality of such documents to just 10 years. Counsel representing Bayer had been arguing that allowing the public to see the documents could constitute a trade secret violation.
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Have you been injured – or did you lose a loved one – due to a defect with Bayer’s Essure birth control device? Now that crucial internal documents from Bayer and the FDA are likely to be unlocked and declassified, there has never been a better time to stand up to Bayer and fight for justice. At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, our national trial lawyers have helped thousands of Essure plaintiffs understand their rights and file against the medical device manufacturer. You can, too.
The Essure mass tort is still ongoing. You can join the mass tort by filing a claim yourself, using the legal guidance of our attorneys. Do not wait too long, though, as the window to file will close eventually.
Call now to speak with an Essure mass tort lawyer from Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC. Remember: We help clients nationwide!