Mark Niemeyer, a partner with Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC has been appointed as one of three lead counsels for the Yaz and Yasmin birth control litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the Souther District of Illinois. Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella have been linked to serious and deadly side effects, including:
What Does Lead Counsel In The MDL Means For Mark’s Clients
Mark was selected as one of only three attorneys in the United States to lead this litigation. Mark will be instrumental in developing litigation strategies and managing the thousands of Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits pending in the Multi-District Litigation.
"My role in this MDL is simply a reflection of the commitment of all of us at Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC to the women or families of women who suffered grave health consequences after taking Yaz or Yasmin and just how seriously we take all our cases," said Mr. Niemeyer.
Niemeyer and the Onder Law Firm have teamed up with the best trial attorneys across the country to litigate Yaz and Yasmin cases.
Langdon & Emison is a nationally recognized trial law firm with offices in Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago. Founding partner, Bob Langdon, was selected as co-lead counsel in the Ford-Firestone MDL. Langdon & Emison has a reputation for getting results for its clients with total recoveries of more than half a billion dollars.
Standly Hamilton, based in Dallas, Texas, litigates cases involving important social issues, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, catastrophic personal injury, and wrongful death.
What Is An MDL . . . How Will The MDL Effect My Claim?
"MDL" is shorthand for "multi-district litigation". Many people may refer to an MDL as a "class action", but there are some important differences between an MDL and a class action.
In a class action, only a few people (the class representatives) sue on behalf of a large number of other people (the class). In multi-district litigation, each individual plaintiff maintains his or her own claim.
Although some states have MDL litigation, most MDLs occur in federal court. For MDLs like Yaz, the process begins when users of the drug begin experiencing dangerous side effects. As these users become injured from this dangerous drug, they begin filing lawsuits across the country. Because these lawsuits each involve similar claims (defective and dangerous drug) and similar injuries (dangerous side effects including heart attack and stroke), the federal court will consolidate all of the claims in front of one judge.
Once the MDL court has been established, all new cases involving the same drug (Yaz or Yasmin) will be transferred to the MDL court.
Lead counsel for the MDL is appointed by the trial judge. This small group of lawyers will manage the pretrial work up of all of the cases (potentially thousands of cases) inside the MDL.
The idea is to have a small number of experienced attorneys handle the pre-trial proceedings for all MDL claimants.
Why Are Yaz / Yasmin / Ocella So Dangerous?
Popular birth control pills, Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella, have been linked to serious and potentially deadly side effects. This deadly side effects affect women of all ages, including teens and young women.
Yaz and Yasmin contain the chemical, Drosperinone, which acts as a diuretic and causes fluid loss. This fluid loss decreases sodium in the blood and increases potassium. This imbalance causes irregular heartbeats and blood pooling, resulting in heart attacks, blood clots and stroke.
You can learn more about the serious side effects of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella and find out what to do if you or a loved one have suffered any of these dangerous side effects at this Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella informational and safety web site.
Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.