Bard and Cook the Main Targets
Two multidistrict litigations (MDLs) have been established for lawsuits involving IVC filters made by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical, Inc. Plaintiffs in these cases are claiming that Bard and Cook filters led to serious health complications. They are alleging these complications occurred because the manufacturers produced filters that had defective designs and were not properly tested. An MDL is set up in order to streamline the judicial process when a large number of plaintiffs have similar allegations against a defendant.
There had been 527 lawsuits filed in the Bard MDL as of the middle of May, up from only 93 lawsuits in March. As of May, there were 383 Cook MDL lawsuits, up from 289 two months prior.
Boston Scientific Lawsuit
In a separate case, a Kentucky woman filed an IVC filter lawsuit against Boston Scientific, alleging that she not only suffered lower abdomen and thigh pain but also extensive clotting after her device was implanted. According to court records, she received the implant after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in her right leg. One month later, she had to go to the emergency room due to the pain she was experiencing. A CAT scan showed that due to a blockage of the filter, she then developed DVT in her left leg as well.