Columbus, OH (PRWEB) October 16, 2013
As the litigation of transvaginal mesh lawsuits continues to grow, a report recently published by Bloomberg News has fueled speculation that potentially thousands of cases could be resolved soon, according to Wright & Schulte LLC. According to the report, C.R. Bard, Inc., Endo Health Solutions, Inc. (the parent of American Medical Systems, Inc.), Coloplast A/S, and Cook Medical, Inc., have entered into talks that could result in thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuit settlements involving devices used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Plaintiffs’ attorneys have asked U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin, who is overseeing the litigations in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, to appoint a transvaginal mesh lawsuit settlement committee to oversee negotiations, Bloomberg News said. [bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-30/bard-vaginal-mesh-makers-said-to-be-in-settlement-talks.html, Bloomberg News, September 30, 2013]
Court documents indicate that more than 30,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in the litigations underway in West Virginia. These include:
According to Bloomberg News, only Ethicon Inc. is not involved in the reported settlement negotiations.
Bloomberg News reports that manufacturers have lost all three vaginal mesh lawsuits that have gone to trial thus far. In March of this year, a New Jersey Superior Court jury hearing the nation’s first trial of an Ethicon Inc. transvaginal mesh lawsuit awarded more than $11 million to a woman injured by the Gynecare Prolift device. (Gross v. Gynecare Inc., Atl-L-6966-10) In July 2012, C.R. Bard was ordered to pay $3.6 million to a woman injured by the company’s Avaulta mesh, following a trial in California Superior Court. (Scott v. Kannappan, S-1500-CV-266034-WDE). And most recently, C.R. Bard lost the very first case to go to trial in the federal litigation, with the jury awarding more than $2 million to another Avaulta mesh recipient. According to an earlier Bloomberg News report, C.R. Bard settled two additional Avaulta mesh lawsuits following the loss in the federal trial.[bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-14/bard-said-to-settle-vaginal-mesh-case-set-for-trial.html, September 14, 2013]
Tens of thousands of women have received transvaginal mesh devices to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. However, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued vaginal mesh complication warnings on two separate occasions, in October 2008 and 2011. According to the agency, the most frequently reported transvaginal mesh complications include mesh erosion and shrinkage, chronic pain, infection, and pain during sexual intercourse.
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/PublicHealthNotifications/ucm061976.htm; FDA, October 2008]
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/UroGynSurgicalMesh/default.htm; FDA, July 2011]
Wright & Schulte LLC is representing alleged victims of transvaginal mesh complications in numerous claims that have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia, and is encouraged by news that settlement negotiations are underway in these litigations. A global vaginal mesh lawsuit settlement would serve the interest of all parties by avoiding a lengthy and costly court fight. Click here to find out more about Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits.
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