Transvaginal Mesh Litigations in New Jersey Tally More than 8,700 Lawsuits against C.R. Bard and Ethicon, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

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The Firm is representing hundreds of transvaginal mesh plaintiffs who allegedly suffered serious vaginal mesh complications due to products marketed by Ethicon Inc., C.R. Bard, and other companies.

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We are not surprised to see the number of cases against C.R. Bard and Ethicon continuing to increase in New Jersey.

Nearly 9,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits ( against C.R. Bard Inc. and Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit have now been centralized in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court, where two state proceedings are continuing to move forward, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.

At least 7,201 lawsuits have been filed over products part of Ethicon Inc.’s line of Gynecare implants, according to a Case List updated on October 11th, 2014, which showed an additional 1,600 claims now filed in a separate litigation involving Bard devices. Cases against both these companies were consolidated in New Jersey state court after being filed by women who allegedly suffered chronic pain, mesh erosion, pain during sexual intercourse and other complications. Transvaginal mesh implants they received were designed to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). According to plaintiffs, C.R. Bard and Ethicon failed to warn about vaginal mesh risks in their marketing of the devices, which they claim to have been designed defectively. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10) ( In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)

“As we continue to represent numerous women who have been injured by transvaginal mesh implants, we are not surprised to see the number of cases against C.R. Bard and Ethicon continuing to increase in New Jersey,” 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 to women who were allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh.

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With thousands of mesh filings now included in New Jersey’s Atlantic County, court documents show that the nationwide litigation involving the devices is increasing steadily. In addition to lawsuits filed against Bard and Ethicon at the state court level, thousands of women have cases pending in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. There, court documents updated on October 15th show 9,863 lawsuits filed against Bard in a federal litigation that includes cases over its Avaulta mesh products, and 21,643 lawsuits involving Ethicon.

Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in the New Jersey C.R. Bard and Ethicon transvaginal mesh litigations. In the Ethicon proceeding, Mr. Grand served on the Plaintiff’s trial team in its first hearing, which concluded in March 2013 with an $11 million damage award to the plaintiff. The woman in this case received punitive and compensatory damages for vaginal mesh complications caused by an Ethicon Gynecare Prolift device. (Gross v. Gynecare Inc., Atl-L-6966-10)

Mr. Grand is also a Plaintiffs Steering Committee member of the following four West Virginia mesh litigations: 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.

Claims against transvaginal mesh manufacturers have continued to increase since 2008, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first warning about device complications. In it, the federal agency categorized their risk as ‘rare’ before upgrading its position to ‘not rare’ in a public health alert issued in 2011.The FDA proposed new regulations for transvaginal mesh implants in April that would classify them as ‘high-risk,’ and subject them to greater federal oversight.

Women who allegedly suffered vaginal mesh complications after surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence may be eligible to receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Find out more about transvaginal mesh complications by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website or the Firm’s Facebook page, Free legal reviews can also be obtained by calling 800-511-5092.

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Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $3 billion on behalf of our clients. 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 it was first published in 2003.

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