Joint Status Conference Ordered For Over 70,500 Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Pending Litigation

   

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Allege Bladder Mesh Implants Cause Urinary Problems, Organ Perforation, Chronic Pain And Other Serious Health Problems In Women.

transvaginal-mesh-lawsuit-southern-med-lawWith more than 70,500 transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in multidistrict litigation, Southern Med Law notes that a joint status conference for plaintiffs and five defendant mesh manufacturers in the multidistrict litigation has been scheduled for June 2 at the U.S. District Court, District of West Virginia. In a recently issued order, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin, who is supervising the transvaginal mesh litigation, directed the defendants to have legal representatives, including settlement counsel, who have “full authority to make all decisions” to attend the meeting. The order also required lead attorneys for both plaintiffs and defendants to attend the conference. Judge Goodwin’s order listed the following defendants required to attend the conference:

• C.R. Bard Inc. (Bard/TSL & Sofradim) – MDL 2187
• Boston Scientific – MDL 2326
• Ethicon (A unit of Johnson & Johnson) – MDL 2327
• Coloplast Corp. – MDL 2387
• Cook Medical Inc. – MDL 2440
(In Re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 21870)

“We are hoping that this status conference will produce a possible settlement since all parties will be present. Especially since the bladder mesh in question has been found defective in bellwether trials.”

The firm has been representing and advocating for women who have suffered purported injuries from vaginal devices and encourages anyone who believe they have experienced adverse side-effects from bladder mesh and other vaginal devices to contact Dr. François Blaudeau, a founding partner at Southern Med Law, by calling Phone: (205) 547-5525 or you can visit www.southernmed law.com for more information and news.

According to court documents, the vaginal mesh lawsuits pending against the companies allege that women who had a transvaginal mesh implant to treat stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse have suffered serious injuries, including chronic pain, vaginal scarring, mesh erosion, bleeding and other health complications due to the medical mesh devices. The bladder mesh complaints contend that the mesh devices are defectively designed and vaginal mesh companies failed to properly warn doctors and their patients about the risks associated with transvaginal mesh devices. (In Re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 21870)

“The law firm’s attorneys will monitor this joint conference closely as it appears that Judge Goodwin wants the companies to begin settlement talks with the plaintiffs,” says Southern Med Law. “If this is the case, women who believe they have experienced serious injuries after having a transvaginal mesh implant or had revision surgery and are considering filing a claim, should seek legal advice prior to any further announcements of settlement agreements.” – Southern Med Law

Court documents indicate that American Medical Systems, which is also part of the multidistrict litigation, is not listed in Judge Goodwin’s order apparently because the company has reached a settlement agreement with plaintiffs. In September, American Medical Systems announced that it had reached an agreement that would resolve “substantially all” claims against its Endo International unit. (In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2325). American Medical Systems issued a press release stating that it expects the final costs to be $1.6 billion to settle the claims, and expects payments to be made for all settlements in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
[endo.com/news-events/press-releases?c=123046&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1972492, September 30, 2014]

The recently updated docket for transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation shows the following companies and the number of complaints pending against them in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia as of April 15:

• In Re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 10,622
• In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 19,101
• In Re: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 16,157
• In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 24,350
• In Re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation, 1,891
• In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 295
• In Re: Neomedic Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 87
[jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Pending_MDL_Dockets_By_District-April-15-2015.pdf, April 15, 2015]

Southern Med Law’s founding attorney, Dr. François Blaudeau, is a practicing attorney and obstetrician/ gynecologist. Dr. Blaudeau has a unique understanding of the medical and legal questions regarding transvaginal mesh medical devices. If you or a loved one received a vaginal mesh surgical implant, please contact Southern Med Law to learn more about your rights and legal recourse after experiencing bladder mesh complication. You can arrange for a free, no obligation vaginal mesh lawsuit review by calling Southern Med Law today, at 205-547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com to follow all the current news on this and upcoming news on vaginal mesh and other medical products.

Southern Med Law

Southern Med Law is a patient and consumer advocacy organization providing legal representation to the 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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