New York, New York (PRWEB) January 26, 2014
The federal judge overseeing thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits (http://www.transvaginalmeshlawsuithelp.com/) filed against C.R. Bard, Inc. in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, has ordered the parties to work up 200 claims for discovery, as well as dispositive motions where appropriate, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to the January 16th Order, attorneys for plaintiffs and the defense are to select 100 cases each, so that U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin may ready those lawsuits for trial, either in the Southern District of West Virginia, or plaintiffs’ home districts. (In re C.R. Bard Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2187)
“Our Firm is representing many women who have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits against C.R. Bard in this proceeding. We are pleased to see the litigation 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 legal evaluations to women who allegedly suffered mesh erosion, chronic pain, infections, and other complications following implantation of devices manufactured by C.R. Bard, Inc., as well as American Medical Systems, Inc., Ethicon, Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is serving on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the federal C.R. Bard litigation. According to court documents, more than 6,500 claims have been filed in the proceeding on behalf of women who suffered painful transvaginal mesh complications, allegedly due to the company’s Avaulta pelvic mesh devices.
Court records indicate that the first bellwether trial in the C.R. Bard litigation concluded in August, when the company was ordered to pay $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the Plaintiff. Court records further indicate that the vaginal mesh lawsuit selected for the litigation’s second bellwether trial settled on the day the trial was set to begin, while the third case set for a bellwether trial was voluntarily dismissed by the Plaintiff. Another bellwether trial was scheduled to begin on January 10, 2014, but it has been postponed indefinitely.
According to court documents, C.R Bard is named in more than 940 additional transvaginal mesh lawsuits that are pending in a multicounty litigation underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. Mr. Grand has been appointed Co-Liaison Counsel in that proceeding. (In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)
In addition to C.R. Bard, a number of other transvaginal mesh manufacturers are involved in litigations alleging injury due to their products. Mr. Grand is also serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in several other federal proceedings underway in the 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; and In re: Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2327.
Mr. Grand has also been named Co-Liaison Counsel in a second consolidated proceeding underway in Atlantic County Superior Court for vaginal mesh lawsuits filed against Ethicon, Inc. He was also a member of the trial team on the first Ethicon trial, which ended in March with an $11 million verdict for the Plaintiff. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10;)
Alleged victims of serious transvaginal mesh complications may be entitled to file their own vaginal mesh lawsuit. To learn more about the ongoing litigation, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, or the Firm’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/meshlawsuit. To obtain a free, confidential and no-obligation case review, please call 800-511-5092.
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