Product liability lawsuits involving vaginal mesh slings manufactured by Ethicon Inc. have been delayed, after the judge presiding over the multidistrict litigation (MDL) postponed the next pending bellwether trial until the new year. U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin is currently overseeing more than 65,000 such lawsuits filed on behalf of women who allege that transvaginal mesh devices caused them severe – in some cases permanent – health complications.
Free Transvaginal Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to the placement of a mesh product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the mesh and we can help.
What’s the Problem?
The postponed bellwether trial was to be the third involving Ethicon vaginal mesh slings. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Diane Bellew, was originally set to kick off on Dec. 4. However, 2 days before the trial was to begin, Judge Goodwin filed a pretrial order changing the start date to Mar. 2, 2015. No reason was given for the delay, but Goodwin issued a second order the same day requesting a joint status conference for all multidistrict litigation involving transvaginal mesh products on Jan. 29, 2015.
Multidistrict litigations have been created for product liability lawsuits involving vaginal mesh devices made by a number of different companies. Goodwin is overseeing MDLs involving injuries allegedly caused by mesh slings made by Ethicon, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems (AMS), Coloplast, Bard Avaulta, Cook Medical and Neomedic. MDLs are established to streamline multiple lawsuits with common statements of fact, in order to expedite early trial proceedings, avoid duplicate discovery, and to prevent conflicting rulings from different judges.
There are nearly 22,000 Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, where Goodwin presides. Plaintiffs in these cases allege that Ethicon mesh caused them adverse health complications including erosion, extrusion, infections and chronic pain. Some women were forced to undergo painful revision surgery to remove the mesh. Others have never seen full resolution of their injuries and continue to suffer to this day.
Bellwether trials are selected in an MDL to gauge how juries are likely to respond to evidence. The first 2 trials involving Ethicon mesh products have already been completed. The first, which took place earlier this year, ended in favor of Ethicon, as the jury determined that the plaintiff failed to present sufficient evidence to prove the defectiveness of the mesh. The second bellwether trial, held in September, ended in a decision in favor of the plaintiff and a verdict of $3.27 million.
Do I Have a Transvaginal 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 transvaginal mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new mesh complications cases in all 50 states.
Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to the placement of a mesh product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a mesh suit and we can help.