Paragard IUD is a popular contraceptive device that thousands of women had implanted in their uterus. Paragard lawsuits are being filed over a design defect. This defect has led to a Paragard class action that will likely soon have 1,000 plaintiffs. These victims allege their Paragard IUD devices fractured, leading to complications. Specifically, victims generally allege the IUD broke at the arms of the device during explant.
These women who were seriously injured when their Paragard IUD fractured during removal are seeking a fair settlement amount or jury payout in their Paragard IUD lawsuit against the device manufacturer.
Before we get into the substance of this IUD litigation, let's give you the most recent Paragard lawsuit updates.
July 18, 2022: Between June 15, 2002 and July 15, 2022, a total of 51 new Paragard IUD lawsuits were transferred into the MDL bringing the current number of pending cases up to 1,246.
Since May, the Paragard MDL has added an average of 86 new cases each month, which has been a noticeable increase in the rate of new filings compared to the previous 18 months.
Last week, the Paragard MDL judge finally issued a long-anticipated order requiring the plaintiffs to submit completed fact sheets and initial discovery documents in support of their claims. This is good news for victims who have filed a Paragard IUD lawsuit. It means the class action is moving forward.
July 1, 2022: The pace of new Paragard lawsuits is dying down a good bit. A record number of new Paragard IUD lawsuits were transferred into the MDL over the previous two months. But that pace pace is abruptly slowing down. No new Paragard cases have been added to the MDL in the last 2 weeks. The most recent monthly status conference was held on June 21. But nothing significant happened and we still don’t even have finalized Plaintiff fact sheets.
June 23, 2022: Our Paragard lawyers are getting more calls from victims in the last few months. The Paragard class action lawsuit is getting a second wind when it comes to new lawsuits. Over the last 30 days, however, Paragard has quietly become one of the hottest mass torts. There were 177 new Paragard IUD lawsuits filed or transferred into the MDL Paragard lawsuit between May 15 and June 15. This brings the total number of pending IUD removal lawsutis up to 1,192.
This was the largest increase in new cases of any MDL during this period. There is no obvious explanation for this sudden uptick in new cases and it could be the result of certain Paragard lawyers filing large blocks of new lawsuits after sitting on them for months.
Meanwhile, however, the MDL docket is still moving very slowly. At the last monthly status conference on June 21, the parties were still discussing details for the plaintiff fact sheets and objections to discovery request. After 18 months, we still have no bellwether trials scheduled and the plaintiff fact sheets are not even finalized.
June 6, 2022: The Paragard MDL continues to move a frustratingly slow pace. The number of new Paragard lawsuits has slowed down recently. Only a small handful of new Paragard cases were added to the MDL in May and no cases have been transferred in through the first week of June. MDL Judge Leigh Martin May held a status conference just before Memorial Day weekend and heard from the parties regarding the Plaintiffs’ objections to the documents produced by the defendants in discovery. The status of the Plaintiff Fact Sheets was also reviewed.
May 16, 2022 Update: Our Paragard lawyers are still getting calls almost every day from women seeking ot file a Paragard lawsuit. But there is no question the growth of the Paragard class action lawsuit has leveled off. During the first two weeks of May, five new Paragard IUD lawsuits were transferred into the Paragard MDL. Only two new cases were added in April. So the pace of new Paragard IUD cases has slowed. Overall, there are 1,121 Paragard migration lawsuits pending in the federal class action lawsuit.May 6, 2022 Update: The effort to get a Paragard lawsuit ready for a bellwether trial continues. Toward that end, there is a Discovery Conference set for Friday, May 13, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. There are now 1,018 Paragard lawsuits housed in the MDL class action in Atlanta, Georgia.
April 19, 2022 Update: Judge Leigh Martin May will hold the monthly status conference in the Paragard MDL this week. One big issue at these conferences is getting a handle on how many Paragard lawsuits have been filed. This litigation has been very quiet, getting little media attention or even attention from lawyers. But based on the recent rate of new Paragard IUD lawsuits being filed, the total number of pending cases in the MDL should surpass 1,000 this month.
March 22, 2022 Update: The monthly status conference in the Paragard class action lawsuit is being held today. The agenda for this month’s status conference includes the normal update on the number of pending Paragard IUD lawsuits pending in the MDL and state courts. The MDL judge will also hear from the Paragard lawyers regarding the status of proposed fact sheets and responses to the plaintiffs’ first set of document requests.
March 16, 2022 Update: There are now 959 Paragard lawsuits in the MDL class action.
February 21, 2022 Update: The status conference in the Paragard class action IUD lawsuit before the MDL judge is tomorrow. One of the goals of the conference is to get a handle on the total number of pending Paragard lawsuits in state and federal courts.
February 18, 2022 Update: The Paragard MDL class action lawsuit continues to add about 100 new Paragard claims per month. There are now 876 pending cases. At the last status conference, the MDL class action judge resolved a dispute regarding the language and questions in the proposed plaintiff profile forms. The next status conference is set for next week on February 22, 2022.
January 18, 2022 Update: The Paragard class action lawsuit is growing quietly and quickly. There are now 732 lawsuits in the MDL.
December 2, 2021 Update: Over the summer, the two big defendants in the Paragard lawsuits, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., and CooperSurgical Inc., filed a motion to dismiss based on federal preemption. A hearing on the motion. Based on comments at the hearing and subsequent proceedings in the MDL it seemed highly unlikely that the judge intends to grant the motion. Instead, she seems much more interested in getting the first bellwether trials scheduled. Last month, rejected the defendants’ preemption defense. What does this mean? It means this litigation is full steam ahead.
September 22, 2021 Update: The MDL class action was created, despite Teva's attorneys' protestations. All Paragard IUD cases in federal court are now transferred to the Northern District of Georgia under Judge Leigh Martin May. That judge heard a motion to dismiss all Paragard class action lawsuits yesterday. Paragard's lawyers are fighting over every little detail in this litigation, fighting MDL transfer of individual cases on the thinnest of reeds. Our lawyers do not believe the MDL judge will seriously entertain this motion which argues that federal law preempts all of the plaintiffs' state court claims. We will know the answer soon. (Update: the motion was denied.)
September 20, 2021 Update: There is a hearing tomorrow in the MDL class action to dismiss all the pending federal Paragard lawsuits. The plaintiffs' lawyers are vigorously fighting this motion. If the defendant's motion fails, as our attorneys suspect, it will be full steam ahead with this litigation. This will hopefully lead to a Paragard settlement that provides compensation for all victims in this IUD class action.
About the Paragard IUD
Paragard is an intrauterine device (IUD) that is used by women for long-term birth control. (Technically, it is spelled ParaGard.) But Paragard is also a drug that gets released in the body over 10 years. The Paragard drug is a T-shaped plastic frame comprised of polyethylene and barium sulfate. This device is inserted into the uterus.
The Paragard is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals and has been around since the late 1980s. The Paragard IUD device has a specially designed copper coil connected to a plastic base. The device is implanted in a women's uterine cavity.
Once inside the body, a copper wire is coiled on the Paragard. The release of small amounts of copper particles effectively blocks fertilization by preventing sperm from reaching the egg. This causes a toxic inflammatory reaction to the sperm and egg. A monofilament polyethylene thread is tied through the tip. This results in two threads that aid both in the detection and removal of the drug.
The Paragard IUD has proven very effective at birth control. But the device has been plagued by various problems over the years.Paragard IUD Fractures During Removal
Like all IUD devices, the Paragard IUD is designed to be removable from the woman's body at any time. The Paragard is supposed to remain fully intact during usage and the removal process. It has recently been discovered, however, that the Paragard IUD has a design defect that causes the device to fracture inside the woman's body during removal.
The Paragard IUD device has a special removal thread that hangs down from the base of the device into the woman's vagina. When it is time to remove the Paragard, the doctor is supposed to locate this thread and simply pull the device out. The base of the Paragard device has two T-shaped arms which hold the device in place. These arms are made of a flexible type of plastic that is supposed to bend upwards to enable the device to be pulled out through the cervix.
In many cases, however, the flexible plastic in the arms at the base of the Paragard appears to get brittle and hard after years inside the body. As a result, the arms do not flex upward like they are supposed to when doctors attempt to remove the IUD. When this happens, one or both of the plastic arms of the Paragard IUD often fracture and break off into fragments inside the woman's body.
When the Paragard IUD fractures during removal, the fragmented arms of the device that break off inside the woman's body can cause various internal injuries. The fragments of the Paragard arms usually end up embedded in the uterine wall, which can cause extreme and chronic pain. In many cases, the arm fragments eventually puncture through the wall of the uterus and end up impacting other organs. This can cause several very serious health problems including:
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Once the arms of the Paragard IUD break off inside the woman's body it can be extremely difficult to safely remove them. The first option is to attempt to locate and remove the fragments with a hysteroscopy procedure. This involves the insertion of a small endoscopic device with a camera through the cervix and into the uterine cavity in the hopes of removing the broken pieces of the Paragard. However, if the fragmented pieces have become embedded in the uterine wall already, hysteroscopic removal will usually not be possible.
The only other options for removal of fragmented Paragard pieces are: (a) surgically opening the uterine cavity (similar to a C-section), or (b) performing a hysterectomy (which will leave the woman permanently infertile).
Plaintiffs' Paragard lawsuits allege that this IUD is inherently dangerous and defective, unfit and unsafe for women.
Yes. If you had a Paragard IUD and it fractured during the removal process you may be entitled to financial compensation for any resulting injuries. The Paragard IUD is NOT supposed to fracture and harm patients during removal. This is the result of a clear design defect in the Paragard IUD and the manufacturer will be fully liable.
The fracturing of the Paragard IUD has already prompted many lawsuits against the device's manufacturer. Currently, there are around 60 individual Paragard fracture lawsuits pending in the federal court system.
All these cases involve the same basic allegations: that the Paragard IUD had a design defect that caused it to fracture inside the body That the ParaGard IUD was defective, and that it caused dangerous and adverse side effects, including but not limited to the unacceptable incidence of breakage upon removal.
You might think our lawyers would be pushing for a Paragard recall. We are not. The gist of every Paragard lawsuit is the duty to warn. This is a warning case, not a failure to recall lawsuit. Women are smart. Some women may want to ignore Paragard's side effects and take the risk. They have that right. But too many women were not given the information about the risks to make the best choice for them.
That is what this copper IUD lawsuit is about. If women would not have chosen the Paragard IUD had they been given a choice, Teva and CooperSurgical should pay for the physical pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish and anxiety, and medical treatment needed when there is a breakage during copper IUD removal.
A "class action" MDL (multidistrict litigation) for the Paragard IUD fracture lawsuits. This class action houses all federal court lawsuits involving these claims in Georgia. Teva's lawyers fought this class action vigorously, arguing that there are not enough Paragard lawsuits - an idea that seems silly in 2022 - and that this entire litigation has been trumped up by victims' mass tort lawyers who are trying to make a buck. Our Paragard attorneys think juries will see it differently... if it gets that far.
Many Paragard victims want to know what they have to do to bring a Paragard lawsuit. They often imagine a very different process than reality. Most likely, victims need to talk to a Paragard lawyer to see if they are eligible, fill out this form, and wait until there is a global Paragard settlement.
It is way too early in Paragard fracture litigation to know with any degree of certainty settlement amounts in the Paragard class action lawsuit. Our lawyer can, however, make cautioned estimates about the possible value of Paragard lawsuits based on settlement amounts in prior mass tort cases involving similar claims.
The settlement value of individual Paragard cases will vary depending on how seriously the plaintiff was injured as a result of the device fracturing during removal. If a global settlement is reached in the class action MDL, Paragard lawsuits will be ranked into "tiers" according to the severity of the plaintiff's injuries.
The top settlement tier will include plaintiffs who suffered permanent, life-altering injuries when the Paragard device fractured. This could include permanent infertility (in younger plaintiffs) or serious infections. Cases in the lower settlement tiers will include plaintiffs who only suffered pain and discomfort, without permanent injury.
|Injury Level||Settlement Range|
|Tier 1||$100,000 - $200,000|
|Tier 2||$25,000 - $75,000|
|Tier 3||Under $25,000|
Not to beat a dead horse but, again, these predicted Paragard settlement numbers are completely speculative. These numbers assume that these would be the most lucrative mass tort IUD product liability claims in history.Contact Miller & Zois About Your Paragard IUD Lawsuit
If you had a Paragard IUD device that broke or fractured during the removal process (or while implanted) you probably have a valid claim for financial compensation. There is a statute of limitations in these lawsuits so the deadline to sue is a real issue.
Our medical device injury lawyers can help get your Paragard case filed before it's too late. Call us today at 800-553-8082 or contact us online. Our Paragard IUD lawyers are looking for women who had a Paragard fracture within the last 4 years.