In our January edition, we wrote about Dr. Joel Lippman, a former vice president for two Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries who filed a lawsuit against his former employer. Lippman alleged that he was wrongfully and unlawfully fired as an executive with the company because of his efforts to address product safety, including serious safety issues with the birth control patch Ortho Evra. According to the lawsuit, the Ortho Evra patch “released dangerously high levels of estrogen into patients,” but, the company disregarded Lippman’s concerns and introduced the product to the market in 2002. We continue to watch the developments in this case closely.
There have been hundreds of reports of serious adverse events including blood clots, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, and death associated with Ortho Evra since its introduction onto the market. To date, Johnson & Johnson faces over one thousand lawsuits related to injuries in patients using the Ortho Evra patch. U.S. District Judge David A. Katz conducted a status conference last month involving all cases currently filed in federal court. The court discussed general discovery issues with the parties in order to move the cases along in the litigation process. Our firm has filed several Ortho Evra cases and continues to evaluate new claims. Chad Cook from our Mass Torts Section is the lead lawyer form our firm on these cases.
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