IVC filter lawsuits claim C.R. Bard and Cook Medical’s devices were defective, making them more likely to fracture or perforate the inferior vena cava. In March 2018, Bard was ordered to pay a woman $3.6 million to settle an IVC filter case. Bard and Cook have agreed to individual IVC filter lawsuit settlements for undisclosed amounts.
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IVC Filter Lawsuit Brief
As of July 2019, more than 14,000 lawsuits have been filed against two IVC filter makers.
Cook Medical faced 5,627 lawsuits in an Indiana federal court. Bard faced another 8,423 in an Arizona federal court.
IVC filter attorneys believe hundreds more people could file suits.
A federal panel combined lawsuits against each company into multidistrict litigations (MDLs) in order to move the lawsuits through the legal process more efficiently.
Bellwether trials — representative test cases used to determine possible settlements — were underway in both MDLs as of July 2018. Neither Bard nor Cook Medical has offered a global settlement. The companies have agreed to a few individual settlements for undisclosed amounts.
Currently, no IVC filter class-action lawsuits have been filed in the United States. Law firms launched at least two class actions in Canada, both targeting Cook Medical’s IVC filters.
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