Federal Judge Dismisses More than 20 Cases Filed by New Zealand Plaintiffs in Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Litigation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

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Our Firm continues to hear from women who allege serious injuries caused by Ethicon transvaginal mesh products.

More than 20 cases filed by plaintiffs in New Zealand have been dismissed from the federal Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuit (http://www.transvaginalmeshlawsuithelp.com/) litigation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.

According to court documents, the federal judge overseeing claims in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia ruled on February 14, 2014 that the plaintiffs’ home country would serve as an “adequate alternative forum” for these particular cases, as this is where most of the anticipated evidence and witnesses will be located. Federal Judge Joseph R. Goodwin also found that New Zealand is committed to regulating pelvic mesh products marketed and sold there.

In a motion originally filed by Ethicon Inc. to dismiss the cases, which were involved in a proceeding that now includes thousands of claims over its transvaginal mesh implants, court records show that the company pointed to the forum non conveniens doctrine. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2327)

“As our Firm continues to hear from women who allege serious injuries caused by Ethicon transvaginal mesh products, updates in the federal West Virginia litigation are of great interest to our lawyers,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free and confidential case evaluations on behalf of women who may have suffered mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, infection, chronic pain and other injuries stemming from transvaginal mesh.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

In addition to Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s active filing of Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuits, the Firm’s attorneys are directly involved in the federal proceeding underway in the Southern District of West Virginia. Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in this multidistrict litigation, where a Case List updated on January 15th by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), showed that 11,667 vaginal mesh lawsuits had been filed. Court records indicate that the first trial in this proceeding is now underway, after beginning on February 10th in West Virginia federal court. This lawsuit alleges injuries caused by the company’s TVT Retropubic sling, court documents indicate.

These cases were filed by women who allege serious complications stemming from Ethicon’s pelvic mesh implants, which they say the company failed to warn about in their marketing and manufacturing of the devices. Plaintiffs further allege that Ethicon mesh was designed defectively.

In addition to cases filed in West Virginia federal court, thousands of Ethicon lawsuits over its line of Gynecare implants have also been consolidated in New Jersey Superior Court. Mr. Grand is actively serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in this proceeding, and was a member of the plaintiff’s trial team in a hearing that concluded in March 2013 with an $11 million damage award to a Gynecare Prolift recipient. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10)

Women who allegedly experienced transvaginal mesh complications may be eligible to seek compensation for damages incurred by their injuries. Learn more about filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, or when you visit the Firm’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/meshlawsuit. You may also receive a free and confidential case evaluation by calling 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 11 consecutive years.

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