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A federal judge this week ruled that five women who claim they were harmed by Essure sterilization coils can go ahead with their lawsuit against coil-maker Bayer Healthcare.

Bayer, which is facing a barrage of lawsuits across the country, had asked that the case be dismissed because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002 gave premarketing approval to Essure, a status that shields devices from product liability litigation in state courts.

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