New York, NY (PRWEB) August 30, 2013
The federal judge overseeing thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims in multidistrict litigations underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, has issued Amended Orders for Delayed Filing of Lawsuits and Application to the Statutes of Limitations that, among other things, provide instructions for the filing of complaints in several of the proceedings, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to court documents, the Amended Orders were issued in four of the vaginal mesh litigations underway in the Southern District of West Virginia: 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 System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2187; and In re: Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2327. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in these four proceedings.
“Our Firm continues to receive inquiries on a regular basis from women who have suffered serious vaginal mesh complications, allegedly due to pelvic mesh devices marketed by these companies. We are pleased that these litigations are moving forward,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free vaginal mesh lawsuit evaluations to women who may have been seriously injured by transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
More than 20,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits are currently pending in the Southern District of West Virginia, all of which allege the use of such devices caused recipients to suffer severe complications, including chronic pain, infections, mesh erosion, and scarring. On August 15th, the proceedings’ first trial of a transvaginal mesh lawsuit concluded with the jury awarding $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman who was injured by C.R. Bard’s Avaulta Plus device. (Cisson v. C.R. Bard Inc., 11-cv-00195) A second trial involving another Avaulta product was set to begin just days later, but an undisclosed settlement was reached in the case just prior to the start of opening arguments. (Queen v. C.R. Bard Inc., 11-cv-00012)
Thousands of additional transvaginal mesh lawsuits involving products marketed by C.R. Bard and Ethicon have also been filed in two Multicounty Litigations underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, serves as Co-Liaison Counsel in both of those proceedings, and was also a member of the trial team on the litigation’s first Ethicon trial. That case ended in March with an $11 million verdict for the Plaintiff. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10; In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10).
Vaginal mesh lawsuits have been mounting in courts around the country since 2008, when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first of two public health alerts regarding the high rate injuries being experienced by women who received the devices to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. According to the agency, the occurrence of vaginal mesh complications in prolapse repair is not rare, and it is not clear that the use of such devices to treat this condition offer any benefits over traditional, non-mesh devices.
Alleged victims of vaginal mesh may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Learn More about filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Free legal reviews can also be obtained by calling 800-511-5092.
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