The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has ordered that all federal Coloplast transvaginal mesh lawsuits be centralized before one judge for pretrial proceedings. There are currently at least two dozen Coloplast vaginal mesh lawsuits pending in U.S. District Courts throughout the country.
Coloplast Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update 9/28/12: U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin appointed three lawyers to serve as co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in the Coloplast multidistrict litigation (MDL). These attorneys will act as spokespersons for all plaintiffs, and will be responsible for arguing motions, examining witnesses, introducing evidence, and negotiating settlements. Click here to learn more.
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August 8, 2012 – According to an order issued by the JPML, the Coloplast transvaginal mesh MDL will be overseen by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia.
All of the claims involve similar allegations of design defects associated with vaginal mesh devices used for the treatment of women’s urinary problems. Complications associated with transvaginal mesh include reports of:
- pelvic pain
- migration of mesh through the vaginal wall
- other serious side effects
Multidistrict litigations are commonly implemented in the federal court system when a large number of complex product liability lawsuits are filed involving problems with similar medical devices manufactured by the same company. Consolidating the cases into an MDL is intended to help reduce duplicative discovery, eliminate conflicting rulings from different judges, and to serve the convenience of all parties involved in the litigation.
The new Coloplast transvaginal mesh MDL will become the fifth such litigation transferred to Goodwin, who is also currently in the process of handling MDLs for lawsuits involving the following mesh devices:
Another vaginal mesh MDL, which was formed in 2004 for Mentor ObTape lawsuits, is currently consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. However, the vast majority of these lawsuits have already been settled or otherwise resolved.
Last year, the FDA issued a warning about the risks associated with transvaginal mesh, especially when used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The administration stated that it could find no benefit in using the products when compared to older, safer methods of treatment. Between 2008 and 2010, the administration received over 1,500 adverse event reports (AERs) of serious transvaginal mesh side effects.
On July 20, 2012, a jury ruled that medical technology behemoth C.R. Bard and a doctor must pay a total of $5.5 million in damages over a transvaginal mesh implant that left a woman with persistent pain and potentially irreversible injuries. The panel found that Bard executives were negligent in their handling of the controversial devices. The landmark case was the first to be resolved among hundreds of lawsuits alleging that vaginal mesh implants made by Bard, Ethicon, and Boston Scientific caused severe organ damage and other serious injuries.
Do I Have a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
The Medical Device 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 injury 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 our lawyers can help.