A federal judge has assigned lawyers involved in the newly-formed Coloplast vaginal mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) various leadership roles, where they will have responsibility for performing certain actions for the plaintiffs.
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What’s the problem?
On April 6, 2012, a panel of federal judges established the Coloplast transvaginal mesh MDL under Judge Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia, thereby consolidating all cases filed on the federal level brought on behalf of women who allege they were injured by the following Coloplast mesh devices:
- T-Sling-Universal Polypropylene Sling
- Aris-Transobturator Sling System
- Supris-Suprapubic Sling System
- Novasilk-Synthetic Flat Mesh
- Suspend-Tutoplast Processed Fascia Lata
- Exair-Prolapse Repair System
- Axis-Tutoplast Processed Dermis
In addition to the Coloplast MDL, Goodwin is also overseeing transvaginal mesh litigation involving products manufactured by C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific, and Ethicon (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson).
Regardless of the manufacturer, all transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed to date involve similar allegations that surgical mesh implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) were defective and dangerous. Plaintiffs allege that these products were not adequately tested before being brought to market, and that proper warnings were never issued regarding their potential to cause adverse health complications.
Establishing MDLs is a common practice in complex medical device litigation, as consolidation reduces duplicative discovery, eliminates conflicting rulings from different judges, and serves the convenience of all parties involved in the legal process. However, Goodwin’s role is unique in that it is unusual to have multiple MDLs centralized before one judge, involving nearly identical products manufactured by different companies.
Judge Goodwin has appointed three attorneys to serve as Coordinating Co-Lead Counsel, who are responsible for working across MDL lines to determine which other attorneys are best suited for handling tasks that will be common to all lawsuits involved with the transvaginal mesh litigation. Goodwin has also appointed groups of Co-Lead Counsel in each of the MDLs, as well as one large Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee responsible for dividing up duties during pretrial proceedings and discovery. To date, at least 60 lawyers have been appointed to serve on the vaginal mesh steering committee.
While Goodwin indicated that he was willing to issue a temporary stay on discovery in the Coloplast MDL to allow parties to develop a discovery plan, the judge has stated his intention to keep the litigation process moving swiftly so that it does not fall too far behind the others. Therefore, Goodwin has allowed the opposing parties to engage in informal agreed upon discovery until the next status conference, which is tentatively set for November 2. Additional conference dates are scheduled for January 10, 2013 and February 7, 2013.
Do I Have a Coloplast 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 Coloplast vaginal mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Coloplast injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Coloplast Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a Coloplast vaginal mesh implant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Coloplast vaginal mesh injury suit and our lawyers can help.