October 8, 2014: Cook Medical IVC Filters MDL Cases Transferred to Southern District of Indiana

IVC Filter Lawsuits – In the matter of Cook Medical IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation, the Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation (“JPML”) ruled in favor of centralization of plaintiffs’ cases into an MDL (Multi District Litigation). The litigation consists of 27 actions pending in eleven districts. Plaintiffs in 12 of 27 of IVC Filter suits against Cook Medical were centralized into an MDL, and transferred to the Southern District of Indiana.

Decision for the MDL

In making this decision, the JPML found “that these 27 actions involve common questions of fact,” such as shared “factual issues arising from allegations that defects in the design of Cook’s inferior vena cava (“IVC”) filters makes them more likely to fracture, migrate, tilt, or perforate the inferior vena cava, causing injury.”

The JPML also maintained that centralizing the cases into an MDL in the Southern District of Indiana would be more convenient for involved all parties, and would “eliminate duplicative discovery, prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings, and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel, and the judiciary.”


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IVC Filter Information

IVC filters,or inferior vena cava filters, are inserted into the inferior vena cava (the main blood vessel that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart) to filter and prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs, where the clots can cause a pulmonary embolism (PE), or blockage in a lung artery. Since a PE can block blood flow to the lungs, it can be disabling or fatal. IVC filters are placed in patients at risk for PE when anticoagulant therapy cannot be used or is ineffective.

While these devices may be beneficial to most patients, in some cases the “cage-like” prongs of the IVC filter may puncture the wall of the vein in which it was placed, or migrate to puncture blood vessels and organs. Any of these occurrences could lead to internal bleeding, cardiac tamponade, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or death, according the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Since 1984, Attorney Eric Weinberg has assisted personal injury victims, including those injured by medical malpractice and defective medical devices. Please see Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit and Duodenoscope Lawsuit to learn more about our legal services.


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