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In re Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Relevant Products Liability Litigation

United States District Court, Seventh Circuit

December 20, 2013

IN RE YASMIN AND YAZ (DROSPIRENONE) MARKETING, SALES PRACTICES AND RELEVANT PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION. This Document Applies To All Actions.

SIXTH AMENDED CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER NO. 9 (AGREED ORDER REGARDING DIRECT FILING OF ACTIONS IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS AND SERVICE OF PROCESS IN CASES NAMING PARTICULAR DEFENDANTS)

DAVID R. HERNDON, Chief District Judge.

I. Scope of Order

This Order applies to claims brought by a U.S. citizen or resident based on ingestion or purchase of YAZ®, Yasmin® and Ocella® that (i) currently are pending in MDL No. 2100 or (ii) will be filed in, removed to or transferred to this Court (collectively, "the MDL Proceedings").

II. Direct Filing of Cases in MDL 2100

A. In order to eliminate delays associated with transfer to this Court of cases filed in or removed to other federal district courts, and to promote judicial efficiency, any plaintiff whose case would be subject to transfer to MDL 2100 may file his or her case directly in the MDL Proceedings in the Southern District of Illinois.

B. Each case filed directly in the MDL Proceedings by a plaintiff who resides in a federal district other than the Southern District of Illinois will be filed in the MDL Proceedings for purposes of pretrial proceedings, consistent with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation's October 1, 2009 Transfer Order.

C. Defendants will not challenge the venue of any action filed directly in the MDL Proceedings in the Southern District of Illinois for purposes of pretrial proceedings. Upon the completion of all pretrial proceedings applicable to a case directly filed in this Court pursuant to this Order, this Court, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1404(a), will transfer that case to the federal district court in the district where the plaintiff allegedly was injured by use of YAZ, Yasmin or Ocella or where the plaintiff resides at the time of such transfer. The parties will jointly advise the Court of the district to which each case should be transferred.

D. Parts II.B. and II.C. do not preclude the parties from agreeing, at a future date, to try in this District certain cases filed pursuant to this Order.

E. The inclusion of any action in In Re: Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Relevant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2100, whether such action was or will be filed originally or directly in the Southern District of Illinois, shall not constitute a determination by this Court that jurisdiction or venue is proper in this District.

F. The fact that a case was filed directly in the MDL Proceedings pursuant to this Order will have no impact on choice of law, including the statute of limitations that otherwise would apply to an individual case had it been filed in another district court and transferred to this Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C § 1407.

G. The caption for any complaint that is directly filed in MDL 2100 before this Court shall bear the following caption:

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

H. In accordance with the Initial Conference Order (Section 5.a), any attorney admitted to practice and in good standing in any United States District Court is admitted pro hac vice in this litigation and association of co-counsel for purposes of litigation, including direct filing, is not required.

I. Prior to any plaintiff's lawyer filing a complaint directly in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, that attorney must register for and have an Illinois CM/ECF log in name and password. When filing a complaint in the Southern District of Illinois, an attorney must first request a case number by sending an email to: newcases_eaststlouis@ilsd.uscourts.gov. See CM/ECF Rule 4.0. Cases can only open during normal business hours Monday through Friday. All counsel shall allow the clerk at least 4 hours to open the file and are not to contact the ...


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