Plaintiffs To Seek Centralization of Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits at Miami Hearing

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Attorney Henry B. Garrard III of Georgia’s Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., will join lawyers from across the country at a January 26 hearing at the U.S. Federal District Court in Miami to ask for multidistrict coordination of transvaginal mesh lawsuits.

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Our law firm continues to coordinate our efforts with some of the top law firms in the country in order to serve our clients’ mutual interests.

Georgia injury lawyer Henry B. Garrard III will argue that defective transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed throughout the U.S. should be transferred to the same federal court for coordinated pretrial proceedings when he appears at a hearing this week in Miami.

Garrard, managing partner of the Georgia law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., will join attorneys from other U.S. law firms who are representing plaintiffs in defective transvaginal mesh lawsuits at the January 26 hearing before the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). The hearing will be held at the U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami.

“Our law firm continues to coordinate our efforts with some of the top law firms in the country in order to serve our clients’ mutual interests,” Garrard said. “We’re working together for the common good of the women and families that have been harmed by these transvaginal mesh products.”

The January 26 hearing will focus on motions filed with the JPML in November. The motions ask for the lawsuits against three manufacturers of transvaginal mesh (TVM) products – American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp. and Ethicon, Inc. – to be centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia before Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

Since October 2010, Judge Goodwin has overseen pretrial litigation in another transvaginal mesh MDL, the In re Avaulta Pelvic Support Systems Product Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2187), which involves surgical mesh devices sold by C.R. Bard, Inc., certain of which are manufactured by subsidiaries of Covidien, plc.

“As we stated in our motions, we believe it would be in the interests of efficiency, economy and fairness to have these cases before a single judge who can coordinate these cases and be in a position to handle common questions of fact or law that may arise in cases that involve more than one product implanted in the same patient,” Garrard said.

“These products have impacted the lives of so many women from so many different places and different backgrounds,” Garrard said. “It is encouraging to be able to work with lawyers from across the country who are dedicated to seeking justice for these women and their families.”

The hearing will be part of a busy week in Miami for Garrard. He will also provide an update about the ongoing pelvic repair mesh litigation and discuss transvaginal mesh claims and defenses at the HarrisMartin Transvaginal Mesh and Actos Litigation conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami on January 25.

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. For more information, call the firm at (866) 354-3544 or use its online contact form.

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