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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Targeting C.R. Bard May Soon Settle

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Audet & Partners, LLP has learned that Covidien, a medical device manufacturer that supplied material to C.R. Bard that was incorporated into transvaginal mesh products, recently announced that they will set aside $180 million to cover losses expected in connection with transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits are currently pending against C.R. Bard in federal multidistrict litigation centered in West Virginia.  There is speculation that C.R. Bard may soon settle many of these claims, and the company would then be... Read More

Mirena IUD Lawsuit Alleges Dangerous Postpartum Insertion of Device

Mirena IUD Lawsuit

A 27-year old woman has sued Washington University School of Medicine for injuries associated with her Mirena IUD, which was inserted immediately after she gave birth as part of the University’s clinical study. Her lawsuit claims the post-birth Mirena IUD caused her to require two surgeries and medication for life. Deanna Delancy, of St. Louis, had the Mirena IUD inserted free-of-charge as part of Washington University’s “Contraceptive CHOICE” program, as reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  The stated purpose of... Read More

Transvaginal Mesh Global Settlements on the Rise

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Coloplast, Inc. may be considering settling a number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits against it for $16 million, Bloomberg reports.  If Coloplast A/S, one of the smaller manufacturers of mesh devices, proceeds with the settlements, legal experts predict an impending global settlement of similar lawsuits against other mesh manufacturers. Coloplast A/S, a Danish medical device company, has reportedly agreed to pay $16 million to settle various lawsuits covering approximately 400 women who sued for injuries caused by the company’s transvaginal mesh device,... Read More

Pay-for-Delay Lawsuit Involving Nexium Reopened by Federal Court

Pay for Delay Nexium Lawsuit

In the Nexium pay-for-delay multidistrict litigation accusing drug companies of violating antitrust laws by agreeing to delay entry of a generic version of AstraZenca’s heartburn drug Nexium, federal Judge William Young may be reconsidering some of his orders granting the summary judgments to drugmakers. The case stems from the 2008 pay-for-delay deal struck between AstraZeneca, who manufactures the brand name heartburn drug Nexium, and generic-drug makers Ranbaxy, Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc. (the “Generic Manufacturers).  Under the... Read More

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women across the country who underwent transvaginal mesh surgeries to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence following serious injuries from the procedures.   The lawsuits allege that various manufacturers failed to safely design and test the vaginal mesh devices and did not adequately warn women about the risks of injury. The complainants have alleged serious injuries resulting from implantation including chronic pain, organ perforation, infection, and device erosion. The transvaginal mesh multi-district... Read More

Mirena IUD Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss in Louisiana

A Louisiana woman’s Mirena lawsuit against Bayer Pharmaceuticals will continue after a federal judge recently denied Bayer’s motion to dismiss. Latoya Thompson had the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) inserted in June 2011, at which time she claims she began experiencing pain and other problems.  The device “dislocated” (fell out on its own) approximately a week later.  In May 2012, Ms. Thompson was hospitalized for her symptoms. On May 22, 2013, Ms. Thompson and her husband sued Bayer for her injuries under the... Read More

Bellwether Trials Set in Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Prompt Reports of Mass Settlement

In coming months, several transvaginal mesh lawsuits are scheduled for bellwether trials.  Transvaginal mesh lawyers expecting thousands of cases against major mesh manufacturers may settle before trial. According to court documents, the following cases are currently scheduled to go to trial against in the coming months against transvaginal mesh manufacturers: MDL No. 2187 | Jones  v. C.R. Bard, Inc. (2:11-cv-0114): December 3, 2013 MDL No. 2325 | American Medical Systems, Inc. (case still to be decided):  April 7, 2014 MDL No. 2326 | Fawcett,... Read More

Effexor Birth Control Lawsuits

Nine lawsuits pending in federal courts throughout the country against Pfizer, Inc. and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals over birth defects caused by the anti-depressant drug Effexor have been consolidated as part of a multi-district litigation. The cases have been centralized before US District Court Jude Cynthia M. Rufe in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decided to group the lawsuits before Judge Cynthia M. Rufe due to the similarity of the claims and to avoid parallel trials. ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson Hip Implant Settlement Nears $4 Billion

Johnson & Johnson has tentatively agreed to a record-breaking $4 billion settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits involving defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.  If approved by the court, the settlement will be one of the largest payouts involving a defective medical device. The settlement will provide relief to patients who have already been forced to have the defective DePuy Orthopedics Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) implant removed and replaced with another artificial hip. According to the New York Times, a staggering number... Read More

Second Transvaginal Mesh Trial Averted By C.R. Bard Settlement

Audet and Partners, LLP reports that a second transvaginal mesh lawsuit to be heard as part of multidistrict litigation pending in West Virginia, has been settled by C.R. Bard.* The settlement resolves claims brought by plaintiffs Wanda and Greg Queen arising out of implantation of Bard's Avaulta transvaginal mesh device, allegedly requiring six subsequent remedial surgeries. The resolved case is Queen v. C.R. Bard Inc., 11-cv-00012, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston)**. Terms of the settlement were not... Read More