Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Move Forward, as Federal Judge Issues Order Pertaining to Final Bellwether Trial in Ethicon Litigation

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The bellwether trials scheduled in this litigation could provide important insight into how juries might decide similar vaginal mesh lawsuits involving Ethicon pelvic mesh devices.

Vaginal mesh lawsuits ( ) filed on behalf of women who were allegedly injured by Ethicon Inc.’s pelvic mesh products continue to move forward n U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to court documents, the federal judge overseeing the litigation has issued an Order pertaining to the proceeding’s final bellwether trial which establishes deadlines for discovery, motions practice and other matters. That trial is scheduled to begin on December 4, 2014. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2327)

“The bellwether trials scheduled in this litigation could provide important insight into how juries might decide similar vaginal mesh lawsuits involving Ethicon pelvic mesh devices. As our Firm is representing numerous women in this proceeding, we will be watching these cases closely,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal evaluations to women who allegedly suffered mesh erosion, pain, scarring, infection and other serious vaginal mesh complications following the implantation of surgical mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Court documents indicate that more than 16,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against Ethicon in the Southern District of West Virginia. Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for this proceeding. All of the lawsuits similarly allege that pelvic mesh devices marketed by Ethicon were defective, and caused women to suffer painful, and often permanent, vaginal mesh complications. Plaintiffs further allege that Ethicon failed to provide patients and doctors with adequate warnings regarding the risks associated with these devices.

Court records indicate that vaginal mesh lawsuits began to mount against Ethicon and other companies shortly after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first of two Public Health Alerts in 2008 regarding the potential for serious vaginal mesh complications. At that time, the agency revealed that it had received 1,000 reports of serious injuries associated with the device during a three-year period. In July 2011, the FDA warned that the number of injuries reported in relation to transvaginal prolapse repair had grown three-fold since its prior alert.

In addition to the claims pending in West Virginia, Ethicon is named a defendant in more than 4,700 transvaginal mesh lawsuits that are pending in a multicounty litigation now underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. Mr. Grand has also been named Co-Liaison Counsel in that proceeding, and served on the Plaintiff's team in its first trial involving an Ethicon lawsuit. That trial concluded last March, when the jury hearing the case ordered Ethicon to pay more than $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman who was injured by Gynecare Prolift mesh. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10)

Mr. Grand is also serving on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committees for three other federal vaginal mesh proceedings underway in the Southern District of West Virginia, including: American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325); Boston Scientific Corp., (MDL No. 2326); and C.R. Bard, Inc., (MDL No. 2187). He was also named Co-Liaison Counsel in a second litigation underway in Atlantic County Superior Court for lawsuits involving C.R. Bard products. (In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)

Alleged victims of serious vaginal mesh complications may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages. Learn more about filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit at 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.

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs’ Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for the past 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list every year since the list was first published in 2003.

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