New York, New York (PRWEB) February 11, 2014
The federal judge overseeing thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits (http://www.transvaginalmeshlawsuithelp.com/) involving pelvic mesh devices manufactured by Ethicon Inc. has issued several rulings pertaining to the litigation’s first bellwether trials. According to an Order filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia on February 5th, Judge Joseph Goodwin has ruled that the defense will be allowed to introduce mesh complication rates that are drawn from reliable statistical methods and/or peer-reviewed literature. Judge Goodwin also granted a defense motion to exclude evidence of other TVT transvaginal mesh lawsuits, as it could unduly prejudice, mislead or confuse the jury. (Lewis, et al. v. Ethicon Inc., et al., No. 2:12-4301)
“Our Firm is representing numerous women who claim to have suffered vaginal mesh complications that echo the allegations put forth in this case. We will be watching this trial very closely,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to evaluate legal claims on behalf of women who suffered serious transvaginal mesh complications, allegedly due to products marketed by Ethicon and other manufacturers.
Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Ethicon, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, is facing over 15,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits that have been filed in the multidistrict litigation underway in West Virginia, where Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. According to court documents, the litigation’s first bellwether trial began on February 10th, and involves a woman who allegedly suffered serious transvaginal mesh complications due to Ethicon’s TVT Retropubic sling. Bellwether trials are important milestones in large, complex litigation’s, as they often provide insight into how juries might decide similar claims. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2327)
The nation’s first trial of a transvaginal mesh lawsuit involving an Ethicon device concluded in March 2013, with a New Jersey Superior Court jury awarding more than $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman who suffered serious vaginal mesh complications due to the company’s Gynecare Prolift device. Mr. Grand was a member of the plaintiff’s trial team, and is also serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in the New Jersey Ethicon litigation. Court documents indicate that more than 4,700 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against the company in that proceeding. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10)
Mr. Grand was also appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in three other federal vaginal mesh proceedings currently 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 New Jersey Superior Court for lawsuits involving C.R. Bard products. (In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)
Alleged victims of serious transvaginal mesh complications may be eligible to receive compensation from the maker of their pelvic mesh implant. To learn more about filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, or the Firm’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/meshlawsuit. To obtain a free, confidential and no-obligation case review, please call 800-511-5092.
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