PHILADELPHIA – Fifty-three plaintiffs have filed a suit over allegations that a female birth control device caused serious injuries.

Maria Gonzalez, Israel Gonzalez, et al. filed a complaint on Nov. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc. alleging negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs or their partners were implanted with defendant's Essure device. They allege that the devices "migrated, fractured, punctured internal organs and/or caused other serious injuries."

The plaintiffs holds Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly "manipulated their reports to the FDA and presented false and misleading information, which, in turn, resulted in plaintiffs’ consent to implant not being informed because critical facts regarding the nature and quality of side effects from Essure were concealed from plaintiffs and their physicians," the complaint states.

The plaintiffs seek past and future general damages, economic and special damages, medical expenses, punitive and exemplary damages, court costs, interest and any further relief the court grants. They are represented by C. Moze Cowper of Cowper Law LLP in Los Angeles and Joseph G. Sauder of McCune-Wright Arevalo LLP in Berwyn.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:17-cv-04936-JP

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