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, et. al v. Boston Scientific Corp. (2:12-cv-07497): March 10, 2014
MDL No. 2327 | Lewis, et. al. v. Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon, Inc.) (2:12-cv-04301): February 10, 2014
MDL No. 2327 | Huskey, et. al. v. Ethicon, Inc. (2:12-cv-05201): June 23, 2014
Other transvaginal mesh manufacturers also face consolidated lawsuits, including Coloplast Corp (MDL 2387) and Cook Medical, Inc. (MDL 2440). However, bellwether trials are not currently scheduled in those cases. If any of the cases are settled prior to the scheduled trials, then other bellwether cases in each multi-district litigation will instead proceed.
Women across the country who underwent transvaginal mesh surgeries to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, have reported serious injuries following the procedures including chronic pain, organ perforation, infection, and device erosion. The lawsuits allege the manufacturers failed to safely design and test the vaginal mesh devices and did not adequately warn women about the risks of injury.
The transvaginal mesh litigation is one of the largest mass tort litigation in history. With the bellwether trials scheduled, “global settlement” of thousands of cases is expected by many of the major manufacturers including CR Bard, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems and Coloplast. Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon) is reportedly not involved in settlement discussions at this point.
Women who have suffered complications from a transvaginal mesh surgery are encouraged to contact the attorneys at Audet and Partners, LLP for a free consultation. Call us at (800) 965-1461 or click here to request a confidential, no-cost consultation.