New York, New York (PRWEB) January 08, 2013
Johnson & Johnson this week faces the first trial involving some 1,800 Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in a consolidated litigation now underway in New Jersey Superior Court, Atlantic County Division. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the first trial will involve an Ethicon lawsuit filed by a woman who required multiple surgeries to try to correct complications she claims were caused by Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift pelvic mesh device. Jury selection in the case begins this week, followed by opening statements.. (In re Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10)*
“We look forward to seeing the first of these cases reach a jury. Women allegedly injured by Ethicon’s transvaginal mesh devices deserve their day in court,” says Jeffrey Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP who serves as Co-Liaison Counsel in the New Jersey Ethicon pelvic Mesh litigation. Bernstein Liebhard LLP continues to offer free case evaluations to women who experienced serious complications, including mesh erosion, pain, scarring, infection and other serious injuries, allegedly due to Ethicon's transvaginal mesh products.
Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
In July 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that there had been a five-fold increase in reports of serious transvaginal mesh injuries. The FDA also modified its previous position on the frequency of such complications, stating in the alert that injuries associated with the use of pelvic mesh in the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse were not rare.**
Since the FDA advisory, a growing number of women have filed lawsuits in state and federal courts alleging they experienced painful and life-changing injuries following implantation of vaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. In addition to the Ethicon lawsuits, hundreds of transvaginal mesh claims filed against C.R. Bard Inc. are pending in a second consolidated proceeding underway in Atlantic County Superior Court. Mr. Grand is also serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in the New Jersey C.R. Bard litigation. (In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)
Consolidated litigations involving a number of manufacturers have also been established in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, including In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2325”); In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2326); In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2187”); and In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“ MDL No. 2327”). Mr. Grand is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in all of these litigations.
Women who suffered complications following implantation of transvaginal mesh may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other injuries. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free transvaginal mesh lawsuit evaluations to alleged victims of these devices. A wealth of information regarding the firm's involvement with the ongoing pelvic mesh litigation http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/transvaginal-mesh-recall-lawsuit.html can be found at Bernstein Liebhard's website, or call 1-877-779-1414 today.
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