Medtronic’s Covidien unit has agreed to settle over 11,000 lawsuits related to its transvaginal mesh implants after a judge urged companies facing litigation to resolve cases with plaintiffs rather than taking them to trial.
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June 29, 2015 – According to Reuters, Medtronic has not disclosed the amount of the settlement or exactly how many cases would be resolved under the agreement. However, the company said in a regulatory filing earlier this month that there are about 11,300 filed and unfiled lawsuits pending over its mesh products. Covidien also took a pre-tax charge of about $180 million in Quarter 3 2014 related to litigation for mesh devices, signaling that the company may be preparing to settle cases.
Despite the impending settlements, Covidien still faces legal battles over its transvaginal mesh products. Two of the company’s subsidiaries supplied mesh to another device maker, and Covidien is compensating that manufacturer in some cases, it said in the regulatory filing. However, the company that received the mesh products should also pay Covidien in some cases for marketing the products, it added.
Covidien hasn’t stated the name of the manufacturer, But C.R. Bard has revealed in its own regulatory filings that 2 Covidien units supplied it with mesh devices, and that the company was responsible for defending or indemnifying it in about half of the over 14,000 lawsuits it faces, according to Reuters.
Covidien’s move to settle the cases comes after a federal judge overseeing a group of consolidated vaginal mesh lawsuits urged manufacturers to resolve complaints instead of taking them to court. Last December, Bard asked Judge Joseph Goodwin of the U.S. District Court for Southern West Virginia to delay a trial over its vaginal mesh products. Goodwin denied the request, saying he couldn’t “imagine a corporation facing potentially billions of dollars in verdicts wouldn’t find it advisable to try to achieve a settlement for a much lesser sum.”
Some manufacturers such as Endo and Coloplast have decided to settle mesh lawsuits outright. In March 2014, Coloplast agreed to pay $16 million to settle lawsuits over its vaginal mesh implants, with Endo following suit months later saying that it would add $400 million to its reserve to resolve “substantially all” claims related to vaginal mesh implants sold by its American Medical Systems (AMS) unit.
Other companies including Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific and Bard are still wading through claims. J&J and its Ethicon subsidiary face over 36,000 lawsuits related to its mesh devices. Boston Scientific is dealing with more than 23,000 claims related to its vaginal mesh implants, including some cases being overseen by Judge Goodwin.
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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 transvaginal mesh complications cases in all 50 states.
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