Erin Copeland Co-Representing CA Essure® Victims in Civil Lawsuit

Attorney Erin Copeland of Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson is now co-representing two California clients in a lawsuit against Bayer, which seeks compensation for damages associated with the permanent contraceptive device Essure®.

Jan 20, 2016, 18:48 ET from Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson

HOUSTON, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Erin Copeland, of premier Houston personal injury firm Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson, is co-representing two California plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the maker of Essure®, a permanent contraceptive device responsible for a host of devastating side effects. Bayer, Corp., Bayer Essure, Inc., Bayer Healthcare LLC, Bayer AG, and Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have all been named in the lawsuit, which seeks compensation for severe personal injury and alleges 10 other counts of misconduct, including negligent misrepresentation and fraudulent concealment of the device's high risk to patients.

The suit, which has been filed in the Superior Court for the State of California County of Santa Clara, alleges that Essure has permanently injured and altered the quality of life for two young mothers, who now have no choice but to have hysterectomies to deal with the complications.

A permanent method of birth control, the Essure device is composed of spring-like metal coils that are non-surgically implanted into the fallopian tubes. Within the span of a few months, the patient's own tissue is supposed to grow around the device, forming a barrier that prevents conception and prevents movement of the device once implanted. Touted as a safe and effective alternative to surgeries requiring incision, anesthesia, and recovery time, many women have claimed that they were never warned of the high potential for dangerous side effects. Because the device was designed as a permanent contraceptive solution, there has been no clear plan for how to go about removing the device if complications occur, leaving victims with no choice but to have their entire uterus removed to rid the device from their bodies.

Since 2012, the FDA has received more than 5,000 complaints from women claiming the device has caused a number of debilitating side effects, including chronic pelvic and back pain, device migration, organ perforation, abnormal bleeding, migraines, allergic reactions, and more. There have also been several reports of ectopic pregnancy, a life-threatening complication. At least 11 deaths have been reported, five of which were fetal deaths.

The attorneys are working hard to ensure that Bayer is held responsible for their clients' suffering.

Together with Erin Copeland, the plaintiffs are represented by medical device attorneys Fidelma Fitzpatrick, Carmen Scott, Breanne Cope, and Hayleigh Stewart Santra of Motley Rice LLC. The cases are Deanna Alonzo vs. Bayer, Corp., et al (case number 116CV290019) and Desirea Harvey vs. Bayer, Corp., et al (case number 116CV290017).

Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson is a Houston-based personal injury law firm backed by more than 100 years of collective experience. In addition to defective medical device litigation, the firm also handles corporate negligence cases, consumer class actions, and more. Visit the firm online at to learn more about their legal services.


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