Lawsuits involving injuries allegedly caused by laparoscopic power morcellators made by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.
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What’s the problem?
October 21, 2015 – The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has transferred at least 28 Ethicon morcellator lawsuits to the MDL in Kansas. Courts use MDLs when a large number of plaintiffs file lawsuits with similar allegations against the same defendant. The process eliminates duplicative discovery and conflicting rulings by different judges, while allowing the courts to operate more efficiently.
J&J has been accused of designing a defective product and failing to warn patients that its morcellators can spread undetected uterine cancer during hysterectomy and fibroid removal surgery.
21st Century Cures Act
Morcellators are one of the most controversial medical devices on the U.S. market today. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) fought for amendments to regulate medical devices to be added to the 21st Century Cures Act, which was passed in July. The amendments stemmed from news that some women were developing cancer after undergoing surgery with power morcellators.
Months later, a congressional team led by Fitzpatrick petitioned the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the devices and the FDA process that approved them. GAO agreed to investigate morcellators and the FDA last month.
Was J&J Aware of the Risks?
Power morcellators were once thought to be exceedingly safe, with only a slight risk of the devices spreading undetected uterine cancer. However, the FDA warned in April 2014 that the actual risk was about 1 in 350. The warning came almost 20 years after morcellators entered the U.S. market.
Do I Have a Morcellator 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 morcellator lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed cancer or parasitic fibroids following laparoscopic surgery with a morcellator, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.