New York, New York (PRWEB) February 23, 2014
Dozens of vaginal mesh lawsuits (http://www.transvaginalmeshlawsuithelp.com/) filed in Pennsylvania state courts have been consolidated in a Mass Tort proceeding and transferred to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to an Order issued on February 11, 2014 by Judge Arnold New, director of the Complex Litigation Center in Philadelphia, at least 44 lawsuits have been filed in the state on behalf of women who allegedly suffered serious transvaginal mesh complications due to products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard, Inc. and Ethicon, Inc. (In Re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation, Case ID: 140200829)
“Our Firm is already representing hundreds of women in vaginal mesh lawsuits that have been filed in other federal and state proceedings. We will be watching the progress of this new Mass Tort litigation with great interest,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to women who allegedly suffered mesh erosion, pain, scarring, infection and other serious transvaginal mesh complications following the implantation of pelvic mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
In addition to the newly-established Mass Tort in Pennsylvania, court documents indicate that more than 40,000 federally-filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits are pending in a number of multidistrict litigations underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in several of these proceedings, including American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325), Boston Scientific Corp. (MDL No. 2326), C.R. Bard, Inc. (MDL No. 2187) and Ethicon, Inc. (MDL No. 2327).
In addition to his work on the federal vaginal mesh litigations, Mr. Grand is serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in a Multicounty Litigation underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic Superior Court involving Ethicon mesh products. He was also a member of the Plaintiff’s trial team for its first bellwether trial, which ended in March 2013 with the jury awarding more than $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman injured by the Gynecare Prolift device. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10)
Mr. Grand was also appointed Co-Liaison Counsel in a second proceeding underway in Atlantic County Superior Court for lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard. (In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)
According to court documents, vaginal mesh lawsuits began to mount in courts around the country shortly after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a 2008 Public Health Alert revealing that it had received 1,000 reports of serious injuries associated with vaginal mesh products over a three year period. In July 2011, the FDA warned that the number of injuries reported in relation to transvaginal prolapse repair tripled since its prior alert. Most significantly, the FDA modified its previous stance that such injuries were rare..
Women who have allegedly suffered serious transvaginal mesh complications following surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer of their 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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