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Paragard Lawsuits

Paragard IUD lawsuits claim the device breaks upon removal and causes serious injuries and the need for surgery. Claimants are seeking compensation and allege Paragard is defective and manufacturers failed to adequately warn about the risk of device breakage and injury.

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Last Modified: April 27, 2023
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Latest Paragard Lawsuit Updates

As of April 17, 2023, there were 1,780 Paragard lawsuits pending in federal court in Georgia under MDL number 2974. The first bellwether test trial will take place in 2024 if parties don’t reach a Paragard lawsuit settlement by then.

Recent Paragard lawsuit updates include:

  • April 2023: Pending cases in the MDL reach 1,780.
  • February 2023: The judge outlined the process for selecting 10 cases that will be the first group of bellwether test trials. The first of these Paragard lawsuits will go to trial in 2024 unless settlement happens first.
  • January 2023: Retired judge, M. Gino Brogdon Sr. will serve as a settlement mediator. This could be a sign parties are negotiating a global Paragard settlement. The talks will likely take place throughout 2023.
  • September 2022: The judge scheduled discovery in selected Paragard lawsuit bellwether trial cases until at least Fall 2023.

Paragard bellwether trials are called test trials because the outcome of these cases will help lawyers on both sides better evaluate a global settlement value.

In some cases, defendants will settle a case ahead of trial to avoid potentially paying more damages and risking a jury verdict.

Why People File a Paragard Lawsuit

Some women who used the Paragard IUD to prevent pregnancy said the device broke or fractured inside them when they tried to have it removed, causing injuries.

They claim the device is defective. They say manufacturers knew about the risks but failed to properly warn doctors and patients.

Paragard lawsuit claims include:
  • IUD has manufacturing and design defects.
  • Labeling doesn’t adequately warn about breakage risk.
  • Defendant manufacturers were negligent.

In December 2020, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated dozens of lawsuits across the nation in the Northern District of Georgia under Judge Leigh Martin May. As of November 2022, the first bellwether has been scheduled for January 2024.

Injuries and Complications in Lawsuits

Injuries claimed in lawsuits stem from the device breaking upon removal.

According to Cooper Surgical’s website, “Paragard removal is nonsurgical and done by a healthcare provider during a routine office visit in just a few minutes.” The arms of the device are supposed to fold up when removed, according to the instructions for removal included in the prescribing information.

But women who filed lawsuits claim that Paragard broke during removal, leaving pieces of the IUD in their bodies. Some women required surgery to remove the device and treat complications.

Injuries claimed in lawsuits include:
  • Perforation of the uterus or cervix
  • Inflammations and allergic reactions to IUD pieces left in the body
  • IUD migration
  • IUD pieces missing or lodged in organs
  • Infertility
  • Need for surgery such as hysterectomy, laparoscopy or laparotomy
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Broken IUD pieces cannot be removed
Suffering after a Paragard IUD broke during surgical removal?

Lawsuit Filed by Georgia Bowers

Georgia Bowers filed her suit against Teva and Cooper Surgical in September 2020. She received her Paragard in January 2017. In September 2017, she visited her doctor to have the IUD removed.

An ultrasound revealed the device was incorrectly positioned. Bowers’ doctor followed instructions for removing the IUD, but only part of the IUD was retrieved. One arm was missing. Bowers’ doctor tried to remove the broken piece by colposcopy but was unsuccessful.

“At all relevant times, the Teva Defendants had knowledge that there was a significant increased risk of adverse events associated with ParaGard IUD including arm breakage, and despite this knowledge the Teva Defendants continued to manufacture, market, distribute, sell, and profit from sales of ParaGard IUD,” Bowers’ lawsuit said.

Lawsuit Filed by Carley Tredway

Carley Tredway filed her suit against Teva and Cooper Surgical in September 2020. Tredway received her Paragard in 2008. In 2018, she went to get her Paragard removed.

Her doctor followed the instructions to remove the IUD, but upon removal one arm remained in the uterus. Tredway’s doctor removed the remaining arm via hysteroscopy a month later.

“Prior to her procedures, Plaintiff and her doctors were provided with no warning from the Defendants of the risk of ParaGard IUD failure and injury, nor were Plaintiff and her doctors provided with adequate warning of the risk of removal of ParaGard IUD,” Tredway’s complaint said. “This information was known or knowable to the Defendants.”

Is There a Recall on Paragard IUD?

Paragard has not been recalled for breakage issues and has no other recent recalls. The device is still available on the market.

In April 2014, Teva Pharmaceuticals recalled two lots of the device for “lack of assurance of sterility,” according to an archived FDA report.

Is There a Class Action?

There is no active class action for Paragard injuries. Lawyers are filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals injured by the device. Although these cases are consolidated in one MDL in Georgia, each plaintiff retains their own lawyer and each case remains an individual case.

In an MDL, not all cases go to trial. Instead, lawyers choose cases for bellwether trials. The outcome of these trials gives both sides an idea of case value and informs any potential settlements.

Paragard Lawsuit Settlement Amounts

So far, there haven’t been any trials scheduled and there have been no settlements. But Paragard isn’t the first IUD to be troubled by lawsuits.

Bayer faced lawsuits claiming its Mirena IUD perforated organs and migrated in the body. In 2018, the company offered $12.2 million to settle 4,600 claims.

Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.
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