Athens, GA (PRWEB) June 22, 2012
The Georgia law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., reports that the judge presiding over all federal lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp. and Ethicon, Inc., has lifted a stay of discovery in the three multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases.
Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin issued the order lifting the discovery stay on June 14, 2012, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, where the cases against American Medical Systems (MDL No. 2325), Boston Scientific (MDL No. 2326) and Ethicon (MDL No. 2327) have been centralized for pretrial proceedings.
No party objected to lifting the stay on discovery, which had been in effect since February, according to the Court’s order.
Discovery is an important part of the civil litigation process. Both parties in the case get to learn information about the other side’s case, to learn about their experts, evidence and witnesses and to obtain documents that may be relevant to the case.
Judge Goodwin also is currently overseeing the MDL involving transvaginal mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard, Inc. (MDL No. 2187). The first bellwether trial date in that the Bard MDL is set for February 5, 2013. The plaintiffs in that case are represented by Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.
“We’re pleased that the Court has issued its order, and we can now move ahead with the important discovery process in those cases,” said Henry Garrard, III, the managing partner of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.
Since 2006, Garrard and his law firm have played a lead role nationally in transvaginal mesh litigation, including holding key leadership positions in the current MDLs involving Bard, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific and Ethicon.
Garrard and fellow Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., partners Gary Blasingame, Drew Hill, Jim Matthews and Josh Wages have led the discovery efforts on behalf of the plaintiffs in the Bard MDL.
According to the firm, several corporate depositions and depositions of certain of the selected bellwether plaintiffs have been taken. Several additional depositions are being scheduled for the coming months as the Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., lawyers prepare for the first bellwether trial to proceed to a jury in the four MDLs.
Garrard and his firm previously served as lead counsel in the only jury trial conducted to date in the Mentor ObTape MDL (MDL No. 2004, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia). The case, which similarly involved claims arising from a mesh pelvic repair device, resulted in a confidential settlement for a large number of cases after one week of trial.
About Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.
Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., is an Athens, Georgia-based law firm that has been widely recognized for its ethics, skill and professionalism by Martindale-Hubbell®, The Best Lawyers in America, American College of Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Law & Politics Media/Atlanta Magazine. Since 2006, the firm’s defective medical device and product liability lawyers have pursued claims involving defective transvaginal mesh products, including handling attorney referrals from co-counsel across the country. The firm’s office is located at 440 College Ave., Suite 320, Athens, GA, 30601 (local phone number (706) 354-4000). For more information, call the firm at (866) 354-3544 or use its online contact form.