Power Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit Claims Represented By Southern Med Law and Dr. Blaudeau Who Serves on Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for Federal Litigation
Southern Med Law, a law firm representing product liability plaintiffs in courts around the country, announces the launch of a new morcellator cancer lawsuit page to provide the public with the most up-to-date information on the nationwide litigation involving power morcellators. Power morcellator lawsuits filed by women across the country allege the laproscopic surgical device can spread undetected uterine cancer (MDL No. 2652).
Dr. François Blaudeau, the founder of Southern Med Law, currently represents women who allegedly experienced the spread and upstaging of uterine sarcoma and other malignancies following a hysterectomy or myomectomy that involved the use of a power morcellator. In July, Dr. Blaudeau settled a morcellator lawsuit on behalf of a widower who lost his wife to advanced leiomyosarcoma, which was allegedly disseminated by a power morcellator. In November, he was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal multidistrict litigation established for Ethicon morcellator claims in the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas.
Power morcellator are used in minimally-invasive hysterectomies and myomectomies to shred uterine tissue and fibroids. Since April 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two public safety alerts about the potential for power morcellators to disseminate undetected uterine cancers cell s into the peritoneal cavity and beyond, an occurrence which can greatly reduce a woman’s chances of long-term survival. In November 14th, the FDA issued an alert that advised against the use of power morcellators in the majority of women who require hysterectomy or myomectomy, and ordered the manufacturers of the devices to add a black box warning to their product labeling.
[fda.gov/medicaldevices/safety/alertsandnotices/ucm393576.htm, FDA, November 2014]
In October 2015, federally-filed morcellator lawsuits involving devices manufactured by Ethicon, Inc. were centralized in a multidistrict litigation and transferred to the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas. The creation of the multidistrict litigation will allow these cases, as well as any Ethicon morcellator claims filed in federal courts in the future, to undergo coordinated pretrial proceedings in order to facilitate their efficient progress. In November, Dr. Blaudeau was appointed to the litigation’s Plaintiff’s Steering Committee. (In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Power Morcellator Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2652)
In July 2015, Dr. Blaudeau was able to reach a morcellator settlement on behalf of a Pennsylvania widower whose wife died of disseminated leiomyosarcoma in February 2013, the first such settlement in country. The case, which was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, named LiNA Medical APS, Kebomed AG and LiNA Medical as defendants. Scott Burkart stated in this lawsuit that there was no evidence of disseminated cancer in his 53-year-old wife, Donna Burkhart, prior to having a robot-assisted hysterectomy in March 6, 2012. She was diagnosed with the aggressive uterine cancer just nine days after the procedure, when cancer cells were discovered in her morcellated tissue. (No. 5:14-cv-1557).
As an attorney and practicing gynecologist, few individuals understand the devastating toll morcellator cancer takes on victims and their families as well as Dr. François Blaudeau. He and his colleague at Southern Med Law continue to evaluate claims on behalf of women who may have experienced the dissemination of dangerous uterine cancer cells due to a power morcellator. To arrange for a free, no obligation legal consultation, please call Southern Med Law today, at (205) 547-5525. More information about this issue can be obtained by visiting www.southernmedlaw.com.
About Southern Med Law and Filing A Mocellator Cancer Lawsuit Claim: Southern Med Law is an experienced law firm providing legal representation to the men and women across the country who have been victims of negligent personal injuries, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, faulty medical devices and defective products. Led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist, the legal staff at Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They’re not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.
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