Carey Danis & Lowe Comments on New Pretrial Order in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

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The newly filed court document details the consolidation of 26 transvaginal mesh lawsuits, and the setting of a trial date for the consolidated cases.

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Carey Danis & Lowe comments on a new pretrial order in the transvaginal mesh lawsuits being managed in a West Virginia federal court. The court document outlined the judge’s plan to consolidate 26 vaginal mesh lawsuits. The document also set a trial date for the 26 cases.¹

Carey Danis & Lowe is a personal injury law firm with headquarters in St. Louis. The law firm practices defective medical device litigation, and currently represents women who claim injuries from transvaginal mesh devices.

“Pretrial order #182 is a major step forward,” says the St. Louis law firm. “Consolidating similar cases into one, and setting a trial date for the consolidated cases will save resources for the court and both parties. Rather than hearing 26 individual mesh lawsuits, the court will hear one.”

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin consolidated the 26 cases due to similar claims of “negligent design defect and strict liability – design defect.”

Another reason for case consolidation pertained to jury verdicts. In the court document, Judge Goodwin mentioned how consolidating these 26 lawsuits into one case will avoid conflicting jury verdicts.

“If each lawsuit were tried individually, there’s the possibility that each case could result in a varied jury verdict,” said the Carey Danis & Lowe defective medical device litigation team.

The court document also mentioned that the plaintiffs in each case received the same Ethicon transvaginal mesh device, the TVT, giving the court further grounds for consolidation. The plaintiffs alleged that the TVT caused “mesh erosion, mesh contraction, infection, fistula, inflammation, scar tissue, organ perforation, dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse)[...and] operations to locate and remove mesh”.

The court consolidated the cases into Civil Action No. 2:12-cv-09311 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in Charleston.

The court set a November 2, 2015 trial date for the 26 cases.

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Carey Danis & Lowe is continuing to follow the seven transvaginal mesh MDLs in West Virginia. The law firm is also continuing to investigate mesh cases.

Carey Danis & Lowe attorneys are available to guide individuals through their legal options during a free case evaluation.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519 for information on the law firm's free case evaluations and legal services.

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About Carey Danis & Lowe

Carey Danis & Lowe is a plaintiff's litigation firm based in St. Louis, Missouri with law offices across the United States in Illinois, Missouri, and Florida. Carey Danis & Lowe specializes in defective drug and pharmaceutical litigation and class action lawsuits. The Carey Danis & Lowe team is comprised of experienced attorneys working alongside knowledgeable and professional staff that includes medical doctors, nurses, and information technology specialists. Contact Carey Danis & Lowe at 800.721.2519 for more information about their legal services.

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¹ U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia at Charleston, “In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327, Pretrial Order #182 (Order Consolidating above Cases for Trial on Issue of Design Defect)”, June 12, 2015.

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