Pennsylvania woman files Ocella mass tort claim

Jon Campisi Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm


A 30-year-old woman from Sinking Spring, Pa. who alleges she sustained injuries from taking the birth control drug Ocella has filed a civil complaint against the makers of the medication.

Karla Woodworth, who was prescribed the drug by a medical professional, alleges she had to have her gallbladder removed on Aug. 14, 2009, as a direct result of having had taken Ocella.

In her lawsuit, Woodworth also claims she suffered “debilitating pain and nausea” as a result of her ingesting the drug.

The defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed as a short-form complaint in the master Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella litigation docket, are Bayer Corp., Bayer Healthcare, LLC, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corp., Berlex Laboratories, Inc., Berlex, Inc., Bayer Pharma AG and Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The complaint accuses the defendants of strict liability, breach of implied warranty of merchantability, breach of implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, negligent failure to warn, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, breach of express warranty, fraud and violations of consumer protection laws.

Woodworth prays for relief as set forth in the master long form Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella complaint in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.

A jury trial has been demanded.

The case number is 110801516.

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