Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits All Allege That The Company’s Bladder Mesh Products Cause Infection, Mesh Erosion, Nerve Damage And Other Serious Health Injuries And Complications.
A consolidated trial initially scheduled for 26 Ethicon vaginal mesh lawsuits has expanded to a trial for 39 Ethicon lawsuits in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. Southern Med Law, which represents women in product liability lawsuits nationwide, comments that U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin recently issued an order revising his original schedule for the consolidated vaginal mesh lawsuit trial. Judge Goodwin explained that his initial order in June stated the 26 West Virginia residents were implanted only with Ethicon’s Gynecare TVT mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence. However, he was informed that a number of those cases involved other vaginal mesh products. As a result, Judge Goodwin said the parties submitted a revised list of bladder mesh lawsuits involving West Virginia plaintiffs who were implanted with Ethicon’s TVT product. Judge Goodwin also rescheduled the trial from November 2 to December 7, with jury selection on December 4. According to the order, the trial will focus only on the plaintiffs’ identical claims of design defects with the TVT product. (In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327)
“Revising the number of lawsuits for the consolidated trial allows the jury to hear more cases with the same allegation that Ethicon’s mesh product is defectively designed,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, a founding partner of Southern Med Law, which has been representing and advocating for women who have suffered purported injuries from vaginal devices. The law firm encourages women who believe they have experienced adverse side-effects from bladder mesh and other vaginal devices to contact Dr. Blaudeau by calling 205-547-5525 or you can visit www.southernmed law.com for more information and news.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
According to court documents, transvaginal mesh devices are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women. Surgical mesh is implanted to prevent incontinence or prop up sagging organs such as the bladder or the uterus. The FDA, however, has received reports that women who had bladder mesh implants suffered such injuries and complications as mesh erosion, infection, organ perforation, urinary problems, nerve damage, chronic pelvic pain and pain during sexual intercourse.
The law firm notes that the FDA announced in April 2014 that due to the adverse events complaints involving transvaginal mesh product, surgical mesh products would be reclassified from a moderate-risk device to a high-risk device. The FDA explained that the reclassification means that mesh manufacturers would have to submit premarket approval applications that detail the risks, safety and effectiveness of their products if they want to continue selling them on the U.S. market.
[fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm395192.htm, April 29, 2014]
Court documents in transvaginal mesh lawsuits indicate that Judge Goodwin is presiding over seven multidistrict litigations (MDL), including one involving Ethicon. According to the master list for MDL’s nationwide, Ethicon Inc. and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson are facing over 26,190 transvaginal mesh cases. In explaining his reasoning for having a consolidated trial, Judge Goodwin said that having one trial for the 39 Ethicon TVT cases dealing with the design defect issue “may facilitate settlement among the parties.” (In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327)
Court records show that besides Ethicon, other mesh manufacturers with MDLs and the number of lawsuits pending against them are:
In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2325), 15,071
In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2326), 16,946
In Re C. R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2187), 11,274
In Re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2387), 2,006
In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2440), 295
In Re: Neomedic Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2511), 99
[jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Pending_MDL_Dockets_By_District-July-15-2015.pdf, July 15, 2015]
About Southern Med Law
Southern Med Law is a full service law firm representing victims of negligence, 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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