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Filshie Clip Litigation

Griffin Purnell is the leading law firm actively pursuing litigation against the companies responsible for the Filshie Clip sterilization device. For nearly 30 years marketers, manufacturers, and distributors have claimed the Filshie Clip is a safe and reasonable method to prevent pregnancy. Our firm has read and listened to thousands of reports from women across the country who say otherwise. 

First-hand accounts of the painful, life altering, and life threatening complications this product has imposed on so many women and their families has inspired our firm to act. If you or someone you know has been injured by Filshie Clips please contact our firm immediately so we can discuss your options. 

Filshie Clip Migration Lawsuit 2022 - Active Cases

Griffin Purnell is currently involved in nationwide litigation against a group of companies who profited off the Filshie Clip while knowing, and failing to warn, of the abnormally high rate of migration that caused danger to thousands of patients. Griffin Purnell’s latest lawsuits seek to recover losses on behalf of victims and hold dangerous medical device companies accountable so these injuries do not continue to occur. 

The first Filshie Clip Lawsuits were filed in mid-2021. Griffin Purnell is continuing to file Filshie Clip Lawsuits in jurisdictions across the country as word spreads and Filshie Clip victims learn they are not alone. We expect the number of lawsuits to substantially increase in 2023 as additional victims come forward.

UPDATE: January 18, 2023 – Griffin Purnell’s Filshie Clip Lawsuit Overcomes Federal Preemption  

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued a ruling that represents a major victory for women harmed by the “Filshie Clip” contraceptive implant. The 45-page order, issued by the Honorable Judge Leigh Martin May, is the first of its kind in cases filed across the nation and definitively shuts down Defendants’ request for what amounted to a “get out of jail free card.” Judge May’s thorough analysis provides compelling precedent and tremendous momentum for Filshie cases in other jurisdictions and gives hope to thousands of women across the country who have suffered horrendous injuries from this inherently defective medical device.

Since the inception of our lawsuit, Defendant medical device companies have been trying to avoid responsibility for the damage caused by their Filshie Clip product by arguing that the case is “federally preempted.” Defendants have essentially been arguing that they should receive federal immunity and existing cases should be thrown out. However, Judge May’s January 17, 2023 ruling rejected these arguments, finding that Plaintiffs’ claims are not federally preempted and that allowing the cases to proceed would not be disruptive to the FDA’s regulatory scheme.

This ruling represents a massive milestone for Plaintiffs who have been harmed by the Filshie Clip, as it provides an authoritative framework for holding companies accountable for the harm caused by this product. The decision also sends a wider message that medical device companies cannot avoid responsibility for the harm caused by their products through the blanket application of federal immunity.

UPDATE: June 14, 2022 – Federal Judge Green Lights Lawsuit and Allows Filshie Claims to Proceed 

In a major victory for Filshie Clip victims, United States District Court Judge Lynn N. Hughes out of Houston, Texas issued the first decision in the nation regarding the Medical Companies’ Motions to Dismiss the litigation in its entirety. Judge Hughes’ milestone Filshie ruling definitively shut down Defendants’ plans to kill the litigation in its infancy and avoid responsibility for the carnage they have inflicted on so many women. On July 21, 2022 Judge Hughes re-affirmed his first ruling by denying Defendant’s Motion to Reconsider in its entirety.

While Defendants have used their vast resources to lodge additional independent dismissal attempts in nearly every active jurisdiction, this early decision from a seasoned Federal Court Judge provides important momentum for all of our cases. 

What are Filshie Clips?

Filshie clips are intended to be used as a contraceptive device consisting of small, silicone-lined titanium clamps that are placed on the fallopian tubes during tubal ligation surgery. The clips, once closed, create a blockage in the tubes so eggs cannot reach the uterus and become fertilized. 

There Are Known complications associated with Filshie Clips

There are numerous case reports and other studies that describe complications associated with Filshie Clips, some being extremely severe. Griffin Purnell is currently pursuing litigation against the companies responsible for defects in the Filshie Clip. Our current lawsuits primarily concern the issue of migration. Alarms from the medical and scientific community have been sounding for years and the number of reports and studies from the medical and scientific community have reached a critical level as demonstrated by a recent article from 2020 titled, Sharma et. al, Migrated Tubal Ligation Filshie Clip as an Uncommon Cause of Chronic Abdominal Pain.

Up to 1/4 of all filshie patients will experience Clip Migration

The inventor of Filshie Clip (Marcus Filshie) estimated in his own studies that 25 percent or more of women could experience migration of at least one clip.

We know of at least 20 case studies between 1990 and 2009 involving migration of Filshie Clips from the fallopian tubes to other areas of the body. We currently represent one client who experienced migration in her abdominal wall which resulted in excruciating pain. Other clients have had clips migrate and embed themselves into their liver, uterus, bowel, and other structures in the abdominal/pelvic region.

In some cases women experience no pain from migration while in other cases pain can be severe. However, if a Filshie Clip does migrate to another part of the body, invasive surgery is often required to remove it.

What Happens After a Filshie Clip Migrates?

Our clients have developed a wide range of injuries from clip migration depending in part on where in the body the clips ultimately end up. It shouldn’t come as surprise that loose metal clips have the ability to inflict serious damage on the delicate structures of the lower abdominal region. Some of the injuries our clients have experienced include: 

  • Extreme pain in the abdominal/pelvic region.
  • Abnormal and/or painful menstrual cycles.
  • Heavy menstrual flow and clotting. 
  • Difficult or painful bowl movements. 
  • Difficult or painful urination.

Contact us for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured by the Filshie Clip product contact our firm for a free consultation to discuss your options. Reaching out to us is always confidential and at no cost to you. If we do ultimately decide to accept your case and move forward with litigation, you pay nothing unless and until we win.

Griffin Purnell Attorneys

Experienced Litigation Team

With over 100 verdicts and 10,000+ hours in trial the attorneys at Griffin Purnell are ready to advocate for your interests. 

Whether you personally suffered a loss or are the family member of someone who has been injured or lost their life as a result of the Filshie Clip sterilization device – we are here to ensure you are protected and properly compensated.

Our Low Volume - High Pace - Approach

Our low-volume litigation approach allows us to dedicate the time and energy needed to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients. This model involves meticulous research for each case using the latest legal databases, publications, and even active pleadings in comparable jurisdictions.

Griffin Purnell understands that “justice delayed is justice denied.” That’s why we’ve committed to establishing a “fast pace” at the onset of each dispute and ensuring that the other side sticks to their deadlines.

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