Norplant settles lawsuit for $54 million |

Norplant settles lawsuit for $54 million

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NEWARK (AP) — The maker of Norplant will pay a reported $50 million-plus to more than 36,000 women to settle claims that the implantable contraceptive device caused headaches, irregular menstrual bleeding, nausea and depression.

American Home Products Corp., the parent of Norplant maker Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, called the move to end five years of litigation ”purely a business decision.” It did not admit any wrongdoing.

The company Thursday would not specify the amount of the settlement, but lawyers told The Dallas Morning News that American Home will pay $1,500 to every woman who sued before March 1, adding up to more than $54 million.