A petition has been filed to consolidate Mirena® IUD lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in federal court. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has been asked to centralize all federal Mirena IUD lawsuits in the Northern District of Ohio. Bayer, a manufacturer of Mirena, has not yet responded to the motion.
Some people mistake a MDL for a class action, but we have previously explained this distinction on our blog. You can find an explanation of the difference and how a MDL operates here. Most importantly, MDLs differ from class actions because each person’s claim is still evaluated separately in a MDL.