US District Judge David Campbell issued case management order no. 11 (MDL 2641, In Re: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation) in May 2016. In it, he sets deadlines for the two sides to select bellwether cases to go to trial. Bellwether trials are conducted to give both sides an idea of the arguments the other side will make during a trial and to provide insight into how juries are likely to decide each trial. Typically, those chosen as bellwether cases are representative of the class.
Judge David Campbell has given the two sides until March 1, 2017 to develop a list of six proposed bellwether cases to go to trial. Other case management orders include Joint Record Collection, discovery and electronically stored information.
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According to the FDA, removable filters should be removed within 29 and 54 days of implantation, if the risk of a blood clot has passed. But apparently many removable devices are left in much longer, putting patients at increased risk of life-threatening side effects.
According to reports, approximately 25 deaths and 300 injuries in 10 years have been linked to CR Bard’s Recovery Filter (NBC News; 9/3/15). Plaintiffs allege they were not warned about the risk of using the filters.
Meanwhile, reports indicate the Cook Medical MDL is ready to go forward, with early trial dates expected in September 2016.