12,000 Lawsuits over Yasmin and Yaz: Personal Injury, Product Liability cases

Yaz, Yasmin and Mirena are popular contraceptive pills that are produced by the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer. Besides their anti-fertility mechanism, they have been associated with serious medical side effects. Some of the common side effects are headaches, nausea, vomiting, fluid retention, swelling in the ankles or feet, breast tenderness, weight change and bloating.

Some of the other side effects are much more serious and potentially fatal. These include pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke and heart attack.

The following info-graphic displays the most recent statistics and court cases for Americans who have been impacted by Yaz and Mirena.

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According to LawyersandSettlements.com, as of February 2012, about 12,000 lawsuits were pending in the US against Bayer, on behalf of people who had suffered personal injuries, some fatal, as a result of using Yasmin and/or Yaz. Thousands of lawsuits that were brought against Bayer claimed that the fourth generation birth control pills had caused gallbladder problems.

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Interesting Attorneys – Jonathan Plaut – Chardon Law Offices

In the first of what we expect will be a long term successful series of Blog Postings of Interesting Attorneys, Legal Bistro is pleased to present Jonathan Plaut of Chardon Law Offices.  Our goal for this series is to highlight lawyers who are doing interesting things in their personal lives.

Besides being a highly skilled litigator and criminal defense attorney, Jon is also an accomplished musician.  He is the lead singer and base player in a band called The Learned Hands.  His musical influences include Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Dan Bern, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Michelle Shocked, Rush, Van Halen and AC/DC.

Jon recently played rhythm guitar at the BB King Blues Club in Manhattan backing up Carmine and Vinnie Appice (of Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck fame), and played viola for the great troubadour rocker Michelle Shocked during seven of her shows in New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maine and Massachusetts.  He has played at various rock venues throughout the Northeast.

Jon speaks and writes Japanese, and he has represented numerous Japanese citizens and businesses in a variety of matters including corporation formation, civil lawsuits, criminal defense and governmental investigations.  He served as a foreign legal associate at the firm of Anderson Mori in Tokyo, Japan where he represented numerous multinational corporations.

Jon has taught courses in criminal law and environmental law at Tufts University and Boston College.  Jonathan has also taught spoken and written Japanese at several secondary schools including Choate Rosemary Hall and the Kent School.

For additional information about Jonathan Plaut, please visit Jon’s complete Legal Bistro Profile.