New York, NY (PRWEB) July 08, 2014
Litigations established for vaginal mesh lawsuits (http://www.transvaginalmeshlawsuithelp.com/) filed against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Inc. unit continue to move forward in courts throughout the U.S., Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to an Order issued on June 13, 2014, the Court overseeing thousands of claims in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court has transferred dozen of cases involving Ethicon Prolift Mesh to the state’s Middlesex Superior Court. In doing so, the Court agreed with Johnson & Johnson’s assertion that the cases did not belong in the Atlantic County proceeding, as Prolene is a hernia mesh product and several plaintiffs in question are men. The Atlantic County multicounty litigation is limited to cases filed on behalf of women who received Ethicon’s pelvic mesh products to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The Court’s order also noted that many of the witnesses in the Prolene mesh lawsuits will likely reside in or around Middlesex County, where Johnson & Johnson is headquartered. (Case Nos. L-003988-14 through L-004000)
“Our Firm is following this matter closely, as we are representing a number of women in the Atlantic County litigation who allegedly suffered serious transvaginal mesh complications due to Ethicon’s pelvic mesh devices,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to evaluate vaginal mesh lawsuits on behalf of women who were allegedly harmed by transvaginal mesh implants.
Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
According to court records, some 5,583 transvaginal mesh lawsuits are currently pending in the litigation underway in Atlantic County Superior Court. Jeffry S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is serving as Co-Liaison Counsel for this proceeding, and was a member of the Plaintiff’s trial team for its first trial. That case ended in March 2013 with a jury awarding $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman who suffered vaginal mesh complications related to the Ethicon Gynecare Prolift device. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10).
Mr. Grand was also appointed Co-Liaison Counsel in a second proceeding involving C.R. Bard devices that is moving forward in Atlantic County Superior Court. (In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)
Court records also indicate that more than 19,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. Mr. Grand is also serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the federal proceeding. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2327)
In addition, Mr. Grand is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in a number of other transvaginal mesh litigations underway in the Southern District of West Virginia, including those involving American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325); Boston Scientific Corp., (MDL No. 2326); and C.R. Bard, Inc., (MDL No. 2187).
Alleged victims of serious vaginal mesh complications may be entitled to file their own transvaginal mesh lawsuit. To learn more, 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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