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IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Arizona

IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Arizona

June 23, 2016 — The federal judge overseeing hundreds of blood clot filter lawsuits against C.R. Bard has allowed a class action to join the litigation.

The class action (PDF) was filed on May 5 in the U.S. District Court for Arizona (Case No. 2:16-cv-01374).

On June 21, Judge David G. Campbell issued an order (PDF) to consolidate the class action with over 600 individual lawsuits in the Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2641).

The vast majority of those lawsuits were filed by individuals who were seriously injured by Bard’s blood clot filters. The class action is seeking to represent everyone who was implanted with a Bard filter, even if they have not been injured.

The lead plaintiffs in the class action are 11 people who were implanted with the G2, G2 Express (G2X), Recovery (withdrawn from the market in 2005), Meridian, Eclipse, and Denali blood clot filters made by C.R. Bard.

All of the lawsuits accuse the company of selling a defective and unreasonably dangerous medical device and failing to warn about side effects. According to the lawsuit:

“IVC filters are prone to break into parts (fracture) … migrate to other locations in the bloodstream or to become lodged in the heart or lungs … [and] tilting within the IVC, perforating the vena cava and/or causing the formation of blood clots.”

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