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Bayer Judge Postpones First Yaz Trial to Have Cases Mediated

Bayer AG, Germany’s largest drugmaker, won’t face the first trial next week over claims its birth-control pills caused blood clots after a judge appointed a mediator in hopes of settling the cases.

U.S. District Judge David Herndon in Illinois last week postponed the Jan. 9 trial of a lawsuit accusing Bayer and some of its units of misleading women about the health risks of its Yasmin family of birth-control pills. The case was the first of more than 10,000 suits over injuries allegedly caused by the drugs, which include the Yaz contraceptive.