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Discovery Extended in Transvaginal Mesh Litigation

A judge has lifted the discovery stay in the federal transvaginal mesh litigation, as scores of new cases continue to be filed on behalf of women in courthouses around the country.

A judge has lifted the discovery stay in the federal transvaginal mesh (TVM) litigation, as scores of new cases continue to be filed on behalf of women in courthouses around the country. All discovery was stayed earlier this year in federal lawsuits involving transvaginal mesh products used for surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). All of the claims involve similar allegations that the manufacturers – which include American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific and Ethicon – failed to adequately warn consumers or the medical community about the risk of serious complications after transvaginal mesh surgery.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update 8/1/12: According to a plaintiff’s attorney in what appears to be the latest in a string of transvaginal mesh (TVM) lawsuits filed around the country over the past several months, Boston Scientific Corporation knew – or should have known – about the health risks associated with its products. The plaintiff, from Tennessee, was reportedly implanted with a Boston Scientific Obtryx Tansobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System, and subsequently suffered debilitating personal injuries. Click here to learn more.

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update 7/26/12: Last Friday, a jury ruled that medical technology giant C.R. Bard and a doctor must pay a total of $5.5 million in damages over a vaginal mesh implant that left a woman with persistent pain and potentially irreversible injuries.The landmark case is the first to go to trial among hundreds of lawsuits alleging that vaginal mesh implants made by Bard, Johnson & Johnson, and Boston Scientific caused severe organ damage and other serious injuries. Click here to learn more.

Transvaginal Mesh Update 6/26/12: Healthcare behemoth Johnson & Johnson (J&J) continued to sell its controversial Gynecare Prolift transvaginal mesh patch for nine months after the FDA ordered it to stop, according to court records. In a letter sent Aug. 24, 2007, the administration asked the company to halt sales of the Prolift until it could determine whether the device was ‘substantially equivalent’ to other products on the market. Click here to learn more.

Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a transvaginal mesh device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the transvaginal mesh and we can help.

What’s the problem?

June 21, 2012 – According to a pretrial order issued last Friday by Chief District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, the stay on discovery in the newly formed transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigations (MDLs) has been lifted due to the fact that no party has expressed an objection or shown good cause why discovery cannot resume. As a result of Goodwin’s order, the parties can continue exchanging information and evidence necessary to prepare the first cases for trial.

In February, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated the AMS, Boston Scientific and Ethicon TVM lawsuits as part of three separate MDLs under Goodwin for pretrial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of West Virginia. A fourth MDL, involving C.R. Bard TVM lawsuits, was previously centralized under Goodwin in October 2010.

When the cases were first consolidated into their respective MDLs, there were:

  • 80 AMS lawsuits
  • 21 Boston Scientific lawsuits
  • 35 Ethicon lawsuits
  • 21 Bard lawsuits

Since then, an additional 253 AMS cases, 162 Boston Scientific cases, 218 Ethicon cases, and 390 Bard cases have been transferred into their MDLs, with no signs that the number of lawsuits being filed is slowing down.

Public awareness about the risk of transvaginal mesh side effects increased last year, after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings about a growing number of adverse event reports associated with the devices. Last July, the administration issued a press release indicating that vaginal mesh products used for pelvic organ prolapse offered no real benefit over safer, more traditional methods of treatment.

Do I Have a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?

The Product Liability & Defective Drug 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 side effects cases in all 50 states.

Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury after being implanted with a transvaginal mesh device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a transvaginal mesh injury suit and we can help.

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