First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Verdict: A Win for Plaintiffs Everywhere

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While victims of transvaginal mesh, tape and sling side effects have filed thousands of lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country, Monday's landmark California jury award in Scott v. Kannappan Medical is the first formal victory for those affected by these medical devices. Watts Guerra Craft LLP is handling defective transvaginal mesh cases against all major manufacturers.

Ryan L. Thompson

Ryan L. Thompson

A California jury has shown the rest of the country how the American public feels about Bard’s defective Avaulta Mesh. Our firm looks forward to litigating the transvaginal mesh cases in West Virginia.

The news coming out of California on Monday inspired thousands of transvaginal mesh victims to keep focused on their goal: the recall of these medical devices. According to kget.com (KGET-TV 17) and The Bakersfield Californian, a groundbreaking jury award came down for plaintiffs who sued Bard in Scott vs Kannappan, Cause Number S-1500-CV-266034, a major transvaginal mesh manufacturer, claiming the company knew its Avaulta Mesh product was unsafe. The case had been in litigation for over four years. A jury awarded $5 million to the wife, and $500,000 to her husband, who claimed the defective medical device ruined their love life. It's a landmark victory, the first Bard mesh verdict in the country.

Hundreds of thousands of women have been implanted with vaginal mesh, tape or slings. Many of these women have fallen victim to the tragic side effects caused by mesh, manufactured by device giants like Bard and Johnson & Johnson.

While C.R. Bard Medical did stop selling its Avaulta Mesh on July 1, 2012 in the United States, this action only took place after the FDA demanded more clinical trials. Even after Bard’s Avaulta Mesh recall in America, the device is still sold in other countries.

The first federal court trial against Bard is set for just months from now in February of 2013. Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin issued the bellwether trial date order on May 1, 2012, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, where the Bard case (MDL No. 2187) has been litigated since 2010.

Watts Guerra Craft LLP Partner Ryan L. Thompson has cases on file with a group of over 600 such plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia in Charleston in MDL No. 2187.

Thompson believes the California plaintiffs’ victory is a win for plaintiffs across the nation. “A California jury has shown the rest of the country how the American public feels about Bard’s defective Avaulta Mesh. Our firm looks forward to litigating our mesh cases in West Virginia.”

As litigation is already underway, women must act soon to preserve their rights to potential compensation. Time limitations apply to all injury and wrongful death cases, and a variety of factors can influence those time limits.

Watts Guerra Craft LLP has handled defective medical device cases nationally since its inception. Our law firm has one of the largest and most well funded mass tort dockets in the country. We are handling cases against all major transvaginal mesh manufacturers. Mikal C. Watts, Ryan L. Thompson, and their medical device litigation team have handled hundreds of thousands of mass action claims across the United States, and have won some of the most significant legal victories in American history.

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