C.R. Bard is currently facing over 500 Bard IVC filter lawsuits involving the Recovery and G2 filters. These retrievable filters have been linked to high rates of filter fracture, migration, organ perforation, and other life-threatening complications.
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Is there a Bard IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit?
Yes. At least three Bard IVC Filter Class Action lawsuits have been filed in Florida, Pennsylvania, and California. However, it does not matter what state you live in — if you were injured by the Bard IVC filter, you may qualify for compensation by filing a lawsuit.
The following IVC filter class actions have been filed:
- Plaintiff Samantha Bouldry, Eula Huff, Sandra Lorenz, and Janet Roberts filed a class action in Circuit Court in Palm Beach County, Florida, on July 26, 2012.
- Plaintiffs Goldie Brown and Shantel Brown filed an IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit against C.R. Bard in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County on August 9, 2012.
- Plaintiffs David DeLeon and Richard Gonzalez filed a class action in the Superior Court for the State of California (Los Angeles) on August 9, 2012.
- And more
On September 6, 2012, the Florida Bard IVC filter class action lawsuit was transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The notice indicated that the claim is likely to involve more than 100 people and more than $5 million in claims.
All of the lawsuits were filed by people who were injured by one of the following IVC filters:
- Bard Recovery IVC Filter (withdrawn in 2005)
- Bard G2 IVC Filter (linked to a 12% failure-rate)
- Bard G2 Express IVC Filter
Is there a Bard IVC Filter Multi-District Litigation (MDL)?
No. As of January 31, 2013, there is no Bard IVC filter MDL. However, it is possible that federal judges will establish one in the future.
IVC Filter Lawsuits in State Court Litigation
C.R. Bard is facing state court litigation from people who were injured by the Bard Recovery IVC filter (which was withdrawn in 2005 amid safety concerns):
- An individual Bard Recovery IVC filter lawsuit was filed in Arizona Superior Court on June 9, 2009.
- An individual Bard Recovery IVC filter lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York on June 15, 2009.
In some cases, attorneys for plaintiffs will centralize a large number of lawsuits in multiple state courts, rather than one federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL). A good example of this is the NuvaRing litigation, which involves about 200 lawsuits in New Jersey State Court and more than 1,000 lawsuits in a federal MDL in Missouri.
Bard IVC Filter Multi-District Litigation (MDL) Process
It is very common for large medical device litigations to be transferred to a Muti-District Litigation (MDL). When an MDL is created, class actions (including any IVC filter class actions) and individual personal injury lawsuits are transferred into the MDL for pretrial proceedings.
Individual IVC filter personal injury lawsuits that are filed in an MDL would remain independent. However, individual lawsuits that are filed in a class action are consolidated.
The purpose of the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPML) is to decide whether civil actions pending in state courts are similar enough that it would be beneficial to transfer the litigation into one federal court. The JPML also selects the court and the judge who will preside over the litigation.
By centralizing the litigation in an MDL, the court avoids duplicative discovery and inconsistent pretrial rulings in different courts. It is also usually more convenient for the parties, which conserves the resources of the Court, and expedites a potential resolution of many similar lawsuits.
FDA Safety Warning for IVC Filter Risks
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has documented hundreds of injuries linked to IVC filter side effects. In 2010, the agency published a Safety Communication to warn about the risks associated with retrievable IVC filters. Retrievable filters are “short-term” implants that are supposed to be removed when a patient is no longer at risk of a pulmonary embolism.
IVC Filter Side Effects
According to the FDA, between 2005 and 2010, nearly 1,000 people were seriously injured when their retrievable IVC filter was not removed. Some potential IVC filter side effects include:
- Filter fracture
- Migration (filter may not be effective at preventing pulmonary embolism)
- Perforation of the heart, lungs, blood vessels
- Erosion into the inferior vena cava
- Pulmonary embolization of filter fragments
- Need for additional surgery
- Pieces of the filter may be impossible to remove
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Bleeding around the heart
- Irregular heart rhythm
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