Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Mount in New Jersey Litigation, as New Case List Reports More Than 6,800 Filings

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The Firm is representing hundreds of women who allegedly suffered serious vaginal mesh complications due to pelvic mesh devices marketed by Ethicon, Inc. and others.

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Our Firm is representing hundreds of women in vaginal mesh lawsuits that are pending in both state and federal proceedings, and we continue to receive inquiries from others.

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits ( alleging serious complications due to pelvic mesh products manufactured by Ethicon Inc. continue to mount in state and federal litigations, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a Case List issued on July 28th, at least 6,870 such claims have been filed in a multicounty litigation underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10)

“Our Firm is representing hundreds of women in vaginal mesh lawsuits that are pending in both state and federal proceedings, and we continue to receive inquiries from others who were allegedly harmed by surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. We are not surprised that the New Jersey Ethicon litigation continues to grow,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to investigate transvaginal mesh lawsuits on behalf of women who suffered serious injuries, allegedly due to products marketed by Ethicon and other manufacturers.

Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Litigation
According to court documents, the transvaginal mesh litigation has been building since October 2008, when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) alerted the public to the serious risks associated with the devices. In July 2011, the agency issued a second alert after it received thousands of additional reports of injuries associated with transvaginal mesh. This past April, the FDA proposed reclassifying vaginal mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse as high-risk medical devices, which would subject the devices to greater regulatory scrutiny.

According to court filings, all of the claims pending in the New Jersey litigation allege Ethicon’s pelvic mesh products caused recipients to suffer serious vaginal mesh complications, including chronic pain, mesh erosion, and organ damage. Plaintiffs further allege that the devices were defectively designed and inadequately tested, and that Ethicon did not provide doctors and patients with appropriate warnings regarding their risks.

Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in the New Jersey Ethicon litigation. He was also a member of the Plaintiff’s trial team for the first trial in that proceeding, which ended in March 2013 with a jury awarding $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman who suffered vaginal mesh complications related to the Ethicon Gynecare Prolift device. (Gross v. Gynecare Inc., Atl-L-6966-10)

Mr. Grand has also been appointed Co-Liaison Counsel in a second proceeding in Atlantic County that involves transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard, Inc. ( In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)

Court records indicate Ethicon is also named in more than 19,000 transvaginal mesh claims that are currently pending in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. Mr. Grand is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for that proceeding. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2327)

Mr. Grand is also a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for several other consolidated litigations underway in the Southern District of West Virginia, including those involving: American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325); Boston Scientific Corp., (MDL No. 2326); and C.R. Bard, Inc., (MDL No. 2187).

Alleged victims of serious vaginal mesh complications may be able to pursue their own legal claim against the manufacturer of their device. To learn more about the ongoing transvaginal mesh litigation, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website or the Firm's Facebook page: To obtain a free, confidential and no-obligation case review, please call 800-511-5092.

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