The Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) is a major vein in the body that is responsible for carrying blood from the lower body into the heart. The IVC filter is a wire device that is inserted into the vein of those who are considered to be at an increased risk of pulmonary embolism.
The Recovery IVC filter has been linked to at least 30 deaths and 300 injuries, due to the filter breaking apart or falling out of place.
The first lawsuits against Bard in Pennsylvania and California state courts were filed in 2012. In October of 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidstrict Litigation consolidated lawsuits from 11 districts to the Souther District of Indiana.
There are currently more than 250 cases pending in the multidistrict litigation (MDL 2570) in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Indiana, with an expected increase in this number.
A settlement conference was originally scheduled for February, where the opportunities for possible negotiations were to be discussed. The settlement conference was pushed back to March 22-24 after a motion was submitted to the court. The defendants have now submitted a motion, requesting a postponement of an additional 60 days in order to prepare and review information.
If the parties fail to reach a settlement agreement, trials will more than likely move forward as intended.