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Major Essure Win in Missouri Prompts New Lawsuit Filing

Holly Kelly Ennis Jan. 14, 2017

On December 20, 2016, Missouri Circuit Court Judge, Joan L. Moriarty,  issued a ruling in favor of 92 Essure Plaintiffs and against Bayer on several major dispositive motions in the Essure litigation pending in St. Louis, MO.  Accordingly, on January 13, 2017  a new lawsuit was filed  in St. Louis, MO on behalf of another 94 women seriously injured by the Essure Sterilization Device.  The women allege the Essure device caused them severe health problems including abdominal pain, severe cramping and bleeding, migraines, allergic reactions, device migrations, perforations and autoimmune issues. 

Each of the plaintiffs named in the lawsuit against Bayer was implanted with Essure and sustained significant injuries. Most women required surgical procedures, some multiple procedures, to have the devices removed. The significant complications suffered by these plaintiffs include migration, hysterectomy, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, back pain, bloating, weight gain, mental haziness, heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular menstrual cycles, perforated organs, autoimmune issues, hair loss, tooth loss, headaches and other complications. 

All of the plaintiffs were advised by their physicians that Essure was a non-surgical procedure, which was at least as effective of other forms of birth control. The plaintiffs were not warned about the serious and significant complications and injuries that could result from the Essure device.

The Essure device is a four-centimeter coil placed into each fallopian tube to prevent pregnancy by causing severe inflammation creating a total blockage of the fallopian tubes. The coil contains nickel, which some women are unknowingly highly allergic. The coil also contains polyethylene (PET) fibers, which irritate and inflame the tubes, causing scar tissue to form over the coils, blocking subsequent fertilization. Unfortunately, the PET fibers which create the irritation to form the scar tissue, often cause the body to fight what it deems to be an infection or foreign body, creating a host of other problems from autoimmune disorders, neurological problems, kidney, adrenal and thyroid disorders and even cancer. The coils often become dislodged, perforating the fallopian tubes, uterus, colon or other internal organs.

Holly Ennis, one of the attorneys filing the complaint stated, "We will vigorously fight for every woman injured by Essure to be thoroughly compensated by Bayer for those injuries sustained by the device. We will also continue to seek legislative changes through Ariel Grace's Law and the Medical Device Guardian Act as we fight to get these bills passed and continue to pressure the FDA to revoke Essure's PMA.  The claims were filed by the law firms of Ennis & Ennis, P.A., Fleming, Nolen & Jez, LLP and local counsel.

If you have questions concerning Essure or have been a victim of the Essure Sterilization Device and want to discuss your legal rights, contact Holly Ennis at Ennis & Ennis, P.A. by calling or visit us online at and fill out an online form.