As we have discussed in previous posts, studies have shown that the ingredients contained in the birth control products YAZ®, Yasmin® and Ocella® have been linked to various forms of severe side-effects. Reportedly, these side-effects include: heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis (also known as DVT or blood clots), internal organ damage (including gallbladder damage), myocardial infarction and pulmonary embolism.

On February 9, 2010, the New Jersey State Supreme Court granted Mass Tort designation to YAZ®, Yasmin® and Ocella® cases, pursuant to the application made under Rule 4:38A. Accordingly, all pending and future New Jersey state court actions arising out of the use of the oral contraceptives YAZ®, Yasmin® and Ocella® are designated as a mass tort for centralized case management purposes. Any and all such complaints that have been filed in the various counties and that are under or are awaiting case management and/or discovery shall be transferred from the county of venue to Superior Court, Law Division, Bergen County, and assigned to Judge Brian R. Martinotti, J.S.C.