Court-Ordered Notice Program Begins to Women in Louisiana Class Action Lawsuit About the Norplant Contraceptive Implant.

Sep 22, 2006, 01:00 ET from The Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Louisiana

    NEW ORLEANS, La., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A notice program began
 today, as ordered by the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, to
 women who are or were Louisiana residents and who have or had the
 Norplant(R) contraceptive implant. The lawsuit is about whether Norplant(R)
 is a defective product, and whether the maker, American Home Products
 Corporation, doing business as Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories ("Wyeth"), is
     The lawsuit involves a group of people, together called a "Class," that
 includes women who claim to be suffering, or have suffered from, adverse
 effects as a result of the Norplant(R) contraceptive implant, including
 changes or irregularities in menstrual bleeding, pain or itching at the
 implant site, infection at the implant site, removal difficulties,
 headaches, nervousness, nausea, dizziness, swelling near implant site,
 dermatitis, acne, change of appetite, breast pain, weight gain, or
 excessive body or facial hair and/or scalp hair loss. Class members must
 also either have had the implant surgically implanted or removed in
 Louisiana, or have been a Louisiana resident at the time it was implanted.
     The Norplant(R) contraceptive device was a prescription birth control
 implant in the form of "timed-release" rods that were surgically implanted
 below the skin of a woman's upper arm to provide birth control for up to
 five years. The Plaintiffs allege that women suffered adverse effects
 because the dosage was too high during the first 12-18 months, and that the
 Norplant(R) contraceptive device is a defective product as a result.
     Wyeth denies the claims and allegations in the lawsuit that the
 Norplant(R) contraceptive implant was defective or that it did anything
 wrong. The Court has not decided whether the Class or Wyeth is right. A
 trial is scheduled to begin on January 16, 2007.
     Notices informing people about their legal rights will be mailed, and
 are scheduled to appear in newspapers and other publications in Louisiana,
 and also in other states where Hurricane Katrina evacuees are now located.
     These law firms will represent Class members as "Class Counsel:"
 Darleen M. Jacobs, of New Orleans, LA; Roy F. Amedee, Jr., of Metairie, LA;
 Richard J. Arsenault, of Alexandria, LA; J. Robert Ates, of Destrehan, LA;
 Daniel E. Becnel, Jr., of Reserve, LA; Allan Berger, of New Orleans, LA;
 Terrill W. Boykin, of New Orleans, LA; Calvin C. Fayard, Jr., of Denham
 Springs, LA; Bruce Dean, of Metairie, LA; Linda S. Harang, of Jefferson,
 LA; Robert G. Harvey, of New Orleans, LA; Leonard L. Levenson, of New
 Orleans, LA; Stephen B. Murray, Sr., of New Orleans, LA; and George J.G.
 Roux, of New Orleans, LA. Class Counsel will apply to the Court for payment
 of their reasonable attorneys' fees and costs, either by Wyeth or from any
 funds recovered before distribution of the net proceeds to the Class.
     Women who wish to remain in the Class do not need to do anything at
 this time, and will be able to participate in any claims process for money
 or benefits that may result from the case. Class members will be bound by
 all orders and judgments of the Court.
     Women in the Class may exclude themselves from the Class. To do so,
 they must mail a written request that says they want to be excluded from
 the Class, and include their name, address, and signature. The exclusion
 request must be postmarked by December 15, 2006, and sent to Norplant Class
 Action, PO Box 1526, Denham Springs, LA 70727. Women who exclude themselves
 from the Class cannot get any money or benefits from the case, and will not
 be bound by any Court orders or judgments.
     The lawsuit is known as Davis, et al v. American Home Products
 Corporation d/b/a Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, No. 94-11684.
     For more information and to get a detailed notice of the class action,
 Class members may call toll-free 1-877-664-1434, write to the above
 address, or visit the website at

SOURCE The Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Louisiana