The First Bard IVC Filter Jury Trial and Expert Witness Testimony

. By Jane Mundy

Thousands of IVC Filter lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard are set for March in the first bellwether trial. Bard fails to disqualify all but one expert witness.

The first Bard IVC Filters bellwether case begins on March 14 in Phoenix before U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell. The three-week jury trial--Sherr-Una Booker v. C. R. Bard Incorporated and Bard Peripheral Vascular Incorporated (2:16-cv-00474)-- involves tilt, migration, fracture and perforation with serious injuries. The Plaintiffs claim that due to manufacturing and design defects, Bard filters are more dangerous than other IVC filters, and that Bard failed to warn about the higher risks.

The Bard IVC filter multidistrict litigation IN RE: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation 2:15-md-02641 was formed back in October 2015. Currently more than 3,000 IVC filter lawsuits are pending in the consolidated action. The Booker case will be the first jury trial against Bard for injuries allegedly caused by one of its IVC filter products.

Here is the timetable, according to the San Diego Legal Examiner:

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