Settlement rejected in NuvaRing case

DURANGO, COLO. (KRQE) – A former Durango family is turning down a settlement offer from pharmaceutical giant Merck who they believe is responsible for their daughter’s death

Erika Langhart, 24, died in 2011 after suffering two heart attacks. Her family believes the birth control NuvaRing is to blame.

Numerous studies have shown the device increases the risk of blood clots that lead to strokes and heart attacks.

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Merck by women who have suffered complications from the device. and there have been several deaths, including Langhart’s.

Merck has agreed to pay out $100 million to the many plaintiffs. But Langhart’s family has refused the offer.

“From their standpoint, the settlement isn’t appropriate. I think they want justice from Merck. They don’t want compensation. But too, they would like to see Merck held accountable by the FDA. I think they want the drug removed from the market,” said attorney Hunter Shkolnik.

Shkolnick says he doesn’t see that happening. He will continue to fight for the family.

He also represents many of the other women who’ve had complications from the device and says the settlement is a good resolution for a vast majority of them. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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