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



NEW ORLEANS New Orleans (ôr`lēənz –lənz, ôrlēnz`), city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded , 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 liable.

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 dermatitis (dûr'mətī`tĭs), nonspecific irritation of the skin. The causative agent may be a bacterium, fungus, or parasite; it can also be a foreign substance, known as an allergen. , acne, change of appetite, breast pain, weight gain, or excessive body or facial hair Noun 1. facial hair - hair on the face (especially on the face of a man)
hair - a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss; "he combed his hair"; "each 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 contraceptive device
n.
Any of various devices used to prevent pregnancy, including the diaphragm, condom, and intrauterine 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 Roux , Pierre Paul Émile 1853-1933.

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, 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 Net Proceeds

The amount received after all costs are deducted from the sale of a piece of property or security.

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In the case of an investor selling a security, net proceeds represent the proceeds from the sale minus any trading costs (i.e. commissions).
 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 http://www.norplantcase.com/.

CONTACT: Plaintiff's Class Counsel, Darleen Jacobs of Jacobs & Sarrat, PLC, +1-504-522-3287, or Defense Counsel, Kathleen Manning of McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC PLLC Professional Limited Liability Company
PLLC Polk Life and Learning Center (Bartow, FL)
PLLC Partners of Limited Liability Corporation
, +1-504-596-2737

Web Site: http://www.norplantcase.com/
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