Houston Personal Injury Blog

20 Dec. 2016

Essure Lawsuit Remanded to St. Louis Circuit Court

Posted By Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson

essureFibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs along with a team of other product liability firms recently obtained a remand of their Essure medical device cases back to a St. Louis, Missouri state court. Essure is a method of permanent birth control that has come under fire for the number of safety concerns raised by patients and cited in Medical Device Reports (MDRs) to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Erin Copeland, partner at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, has been a prominent leader in the fight against Essure and its unreasonably dangerous side effects. With actions now pending in state court in Oakland, California and in St. Louis, Missouri, Attorney Erin Copeland and the other nationwide product liability lawyers involved in Essure are prepared to move forward on the cases against the manufacturer, Bayer, on behalf of their injured clients.

Plaintiffs in this recently remanded St. Louis case are citizens of 18 different states across the nation, including Missouri, who allege injuries from having used Essure. Some of these claims involve fraud, negligence, and a failure to warn of Essure’s serious side effects. Bayer argued they should not be subject to personal jurisdiction with respect to the non-Missouri plaintiff claims and removed the cases to federal court. The Honorable Ronnie L. White from the Eastern District of Missouri granted Plaintiffs’ motion to remand the cases back to the Circuit Court for the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, City of St. Louis, State of Missouri. The case is Williams et al. v. Bayer Corporation et al.

The FDA recently ordered Bayer to conduct a postmarket surveillance study to obtain more data about the benefits and risks of Essure. The FDA also issued a black box warning for Essure and a multi-page Patient Decision Checklist with key items about the product for doctors and patients to discuss and sign before any Essure device is implanted.

Attorney Erin Copeland and the team of experienced attorneys at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson handle a wide range of injury cases nationwide, including Essure injury cases. Ms. Copeland has spoken at length about the dangers of Essure and was recently appointed Co-Chair of the Essure Litigation Group within the American Association for Justice. If you would like to speak to an experienced injury attorney at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson about Essure or any other dangerous medical device, give us a call at 713-489-6566.

Categories: Product Liability, Essure
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