May 16, 2012 – The first trial date in the federal litigation involving women allegedly injured by vaginal mesh products manufactured by C.R. Bard has been set for early next year. A pretrial order issued earlier this month by Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin scheduled the initial trial date to begin February 5, 2013. Although the specific lawsuit has yet to be selected, the trial will involve a claim filed on behalf of a woman who allegedly suffered injuries after being implanted with a Bard vaginal mesh product.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update 8/1/12: According to a plaintiff’s attorney in what appears to be the latest in a string of transvaginal mesh (TVM) lawsuits filed around the country over the past several months, Boston Scientific Corporation knew – or should have known – about the health risks associated with its products. The plaintiff, from Tennessee, was reportedly implanted with a Boston Scientific Obtryx Tansobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System, and subsequently suffered debilitating personal injuries. Click here to learn more.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update 7/26/12: Last Friday, a jury ruled that medical technology giant C.R. Bard and a doctor must pay a total of $5.5 million in damages over a vaginal mesh implant that left a woman with persistent pain and potentially irreversible injuries.The landmark case is the first to go to trial among hundreds of lawsuits alleging that vaginal mesh implants made by Bard, Johnson & Johnson, and Boston Scientific caused severe organ damage and other serious injuries. Click here to learn more.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update 6/21/12: A judge has lifted the discovery stay in the federal transvaginal mesh (TVM) litigation, as scores of new cases continue to be filed on behalf of women in courthouses around the country. All discovery was stayed earlier this year in federal lawsuits involving transvaginal mesh products used for surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Click here to learn more.
Transvaginal Mesh Update 6/6/12: Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has announced plans to recall its Gynecare line of transvaginal mesh devices nationwide in response to a high number of injuries that have been linked to the products. To date, hundreds of Ethicon Gynecare Transvaginal Mesh lawsuits have been filed in courthouses around the country on behalf of women who allegedly suffered mesh erosion, infections, and severe pelvic pain after having the devices surgically implanted. Click here to learn more.
Free Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a vaginal mesh device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the vaginal mesh and we can help.
What’s the problem?
All parties involved in the federal Bard litigation will meet later this month to set a schedule for preparing bellwether cases for early trial dates. Bellwether trials are commonly implemented in complex litigation where a large number of individual lawsuits involve similar claims. The results of these trials are intended to gauge how juries are likely to rule in other cases of the same type, and help facilitate a potential settlement agreement involving lawsuits filed against Bard.
The federal Bard lawsuits are the first of four multidistrict litigations (MDLs) assigned to Judge Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Earlier this year, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) created three additional MDLs for vaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific, and Ethicon/Gynecare. The JPML assigned Goodwin the cases because he was already familiar with the intricacies of the issues that may arise. The three new MDLs are still in their preliminary phases, and a timeframe for their bellwether trials has yet to be set.
The vast majority of the lawsuits involve allegations that the manufacturers sold defective vaginal mesh devices, which were surgically implanted to treat symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The complaints allege that the companies failed to adequately research their products and warn the public about the risk of serious side effects associated with the devices.
Last July, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings about a growing number of adverse event reports involving complications from transvaginal mesh. The administration stated it was unable to find evidence indicating that vaginal mesh offered any benefit over safer, more conventional means of treatment.
New Cases Added to Bard Transvaginal Mesh Litigation
Dec. 30, 2014 – A federal court has designated 60 Bard transvaginal mesh lawsuits as “miniwave 1” cases in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in the Southern District of West Virginia. The cases will be transferred or remanded to the appropriate federal district court after pre-trial hearings have been completed. Click here to learn more.
Do I Have a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in vaginal mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new side effects cases in all 50 states.
Free Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a vaginal mesh device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a vaginal mesh injury suit and we can help.