New York, New York (PRWEB) April 29, 2013
Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a Joint Status Conference has been scheduled for May 23rd in the thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits (http://www.transvaginalmeshlawsuitclaims.com/) pending in litigations now underway 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”). According to a Pretrial Order issued on April 9th, a Joint Agenda is to be submitted to the Court the Monday prior to the Conference.
“We are pleased to see these litigations moving forward, as we continue to hear from women who have allegedly suffered serious and life-altering transvaginal mesh complications. We look forward to additional progress in these proceedings, especially the start of the first trial this June in the C.R. Bard litigation,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. Firm partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is currently serving on the Plaintiffs Steering Committees in the federal proceedings for American Medical Systems, Inc., C.R. Bard, Inc., Ethicon, Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp. transvaginal mesh lawsuits.
Transvaginal Mesh Complications
Transvaginal mesh devices used in the surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence have been the subject of growing litigation since October 2008, when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that it had received more than 1,000 reports of serious transvaginal mesh complications over a three year period. In July 2011, the FDA issued an update to that alert, warning that there had been a five-fold increase in reports of serious complications associated with the use of pelvic mesh in prolapse repair. The FDA also modified the position it had taken in 2008 regarding frequency of such complications, stating in the alert that these injuries were not rare.*
In addition to the federal transvaginal mesh litigations, consolidated proceedings are also underway in New Jersey Superior Court, Atlantic County, involving products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit and C.R. Bard. (In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10, and In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10). In March, the nation’s first trial involving an Ethicon mesh product concluded in the New Jersey litigation, with the jury awarding more than $11 million to the Plaintiff, including $7.76 million in punitive damages.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner Jeffrey S. Grand, who is serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in both New Jersey pelvic mesh litigations, also served on the trial team for that case. (Gross v. Gynecare Inc., Atl-L-6966-10, Superior Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey (Atlantic City))
Victims of alleged vaginal mesh complications may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other injuries. More Information regarding transvaginal mesh lawsuits can be found at Bernstein Liebhard's website. To learn more, please call 1-877-779-1414.
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