Port Washington, NY (PRWEB) May 03, 2014
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm long dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, reports that Endo International, the parent company of American Medical Systems (AMS), has agreed to an $830 million settlement to resolve most of the claims against AMS. The consolidated AMS cases are In re American Medical Systems Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, 12-md-02325, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston). In a statement, AMS indicated that it is settling some 20,000 lawsuits over its transvaginal mesh products including, the Perigee, Apogee, and Elevate implants, according to an April 30, 2014, Bloomberg Businessweek report.
Endo and AMS are just two of a number of large transvaginal mesh device makers that are facing what The New York Times described in a May 1, 2014 report as tens of thousands of lawsuits over mesh devices. The devices are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). (In re American Medical Systems Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, 12-md-02325, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia [Charleston])
In 2013, Endo agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle an undisclosed number of similar cases, according to The New York Times and, at least 5,000 more claims against AMS remain open; some have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings in West Virginia, court records indicate. (MDL 2325 American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia)
Endo’s settlement announcement came just after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the vaginal mesh devices should have increased safety mandates given that they are considered, but have not yet been classified, as high-risk medical devices, according to the Bloomberg Businessweek report.
“This is only the first step in what we hope will provide closure to thousands of women who are experiencing lifelong, debilitating pain and suffering including, but not limited to, recurrent bladder and/or urinary tract infections; severe pelvic pain; and, in some instances, urinary incontinence, as a result of being implanted with these devices,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “We continue to represent many women who have filed lawsuits over alleged injuries associated with Endo, AMS, and other transvaginal mesh manufacturers and continue to provide free legal advice for anyone who seeks more information about their rights.”
Parker Waichman has filed a number of lawsuits. These include: American Medical Systems (In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2325); Boston Scientific (In Re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2326); Johnson & Johnson (In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327). Judge Joseph Goodwin is overseeing these MDLs in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free lawsuit consultations to victims of transvaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, and vaginal implant injuries. If you or a loved one experienced complications following mesh-related surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), please visit the firm's transvaginal mesh injury page.Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO