IVC Filter Lawsuits Expected

By Buck Daniel

A large number of Bard IVC filter lawsuits are expected to be filed within the next few months, each alleging that individuals suffered damage when the IVC filter implants tilted, fractured or migrated inside their bodies causing harm or requiring removal.

C.R. Bard has been unsuccessful in its efforts to settle a number of unfiled cases and as a result, a request has been made to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize the pretrial proceedings for the cases. These proceedings will take place July 30, 2015. If the request is granted, all Bard IVC Filter complaints filed in U.S. District Federal Courts across the country will likely be transferred to one judge, reducing duplicative discovery and making the proceedings more convenient for the parties, witnesses, and courts.