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Partial Certification of the Allergan Class Action

Update – TORONTO – April 11, 2022: Mr. Justice Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has granted partial certification of the national class proceedings as against Allergan Inc. on behalf of the following classes:

  1.  All persons who, between May 31, 1999 and May 29, 2019, were implanted    in Canada with one or more of the following BIOCELL® textured breast implants supplied by Allergan Inc.: Natrelle Saline-Filled Breast Implants (Textured); Natrelle 410 Truform Silicone-Filled Breast Implants, Natrelle Silicone-Filled Breast Implants (Biocell Round), Natrelle Inspira Truform 1 (Responsive) Breast Implants (Textured Shell), and Natrelle Inspira Truform 2 (Soft Touch) Breast Implants (Textured Shell).; and
  2. All persons who, by virtue of a family relationship with one or more Primary Class Members, have standing to claim damages pursuant to section 61(1) of the Family Law Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. f.3, as amended, or analogous provincial legislation.

The class action also advances claims on behalf of a broader group of claimants, including those who allege that the defendants knew or ought to have known that a broader category of Allergan Implants were associated with additional adverse effects, including breast implant-related illnesses, including several autoimmune, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, numerous cognitive adverse health effects, in addition to premature rupture and the development of breast-implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (“BIA-ALCL”), which are believed to be associated only with textured versions of the Allergan Implants.  The motion to certify that broader class related to those additional categories of alleged harms will be proceeding on a contested basis on September 28-30, 2022.

The decision of Mr. Justice Morgan is available here. If you would like more information, please contact our office at 416-363-1867 or 1-866-881-2292.

Class Action commenced against breast implant manufacturer, Allergan

TORONTO – May 23, 2019 – A class action has been issued on behalf of Canadians who were implanted with breast implants manufactured and distributed by Allergan plc and several of its affiliates.

The proposed Canada-wide class action, filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, alleges, among other things, that the defendants knew or ought to have known that the Allergan Implants were associated with breast implant-related illnesses, including several autoimmune, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, numerous cognitive adverse health effects, as well as the development of breast-implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (“BIA-ALCL”).  In spite of having this knowledge, the defendants have failed to warn Canadian patients adequately or at all about these risks and have still not recalled the Allergan Implants in Canada.

The proposed Representative Plaintiff for Canadians with the Allergan Impants is a Toronto woman who has suffered from a variety of serious and debilitating adverse medical effects since having her implant surgery in January of 2014 and who says that if she had been told about the negative side effects of having the implants, or of the risk of developing cancer from the implants, she never would have had the surgery.  She is anxious to have her implants surgically removed soon in order to alleviate her symptoms and to hopefully mitigate her risk of developing BIA-ALCL.

Canadian patients have a right to be fully and candidly informed about all risks associated with medical devices that are to be implanted in their bodies.  Companies that manufacture these devices have an obligation to provide that information so that patients can make educated decisions about whether or not to have a given procedure and what product to use.  When a company fails to adequately warn about risks that they know of, they take away a patient’s right to make that educated decision. There needs to be accountability for these companies when they place profit ahead of patient safety.

If you or someone you know has been affected by Allergan Implants, please contact our office at 416-363-1867 or 1-866-881-2292.

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