New York, New York (PRWEB) May 07, 2014
The federal judge overseeing thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits (http://www.transvaginalmeshlawsuithelp.com/) pending in the U.S District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, filed against Ethicon, Inc. has issued a Pretrial Order pertaining to the litigation’s second round of bellwether trials. Among other things, the May 6th Order stipulates that proposed jury instructions are to be submitted to the Court by June 24, 2014. The Court has scheduled a Pretrial Conference for July 8, 2014, while jury selection is set to begin on August 22, 2014. The trial will get underway on August 25th at 8:30 a.m. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2327)
“Our Firm is looking forward to the start of the next bellwether trial in the federal Ethicon litigation, where we are representing hundreds of women who allegedly suffered serious transvaginal mesh complications due to the company's products,” 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 suffered serious complications, allegedly due to products marketed by Ethicon and other manufacturers.
Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Court documents indicate that more than 17,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia on behalf of women who were allegedly injured by Ethicon mesh products used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in that proceeding. In February, the litigation’s first bellwether trial ended with a victory for Ethicon, after U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin granted a directed verdict for the defense. (Lewis v. Johnson & Johnson, 12-cv-04301)
According to court records, plaintiffs have prevailed in at least two Ethicon vaginal mesh lawsuits that have gone to trial at the state court level. In March 2013, a New Jersey Superior Court jury awarded more than $11 million in compensatory damages to a woman who was injured by the Gynecare Prolift device. The case was the first to go trial among nearly 5,000 pending against Ethicon in a multicounty litigation underway in Atlantic Superior Court. Mr. Grand is serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in that proceeding, and was a member of the plaintiff’s trial team. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10)
Last Month, a jury hearing a case in Texas ordered Ethicon to pay $1.2 million woman who suffered pain and mesh erosion from a TVT-O mesh sling. (Batiste v. McNabb, No. 12-14350, District Court for the 95th Judicial District, Dallas County Texas (Dallas))
In addition to his work on the state and federal Ethicon litigations, Mr. Grand is also serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees for three other federal vaginal mesh proceedings, 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 Atlantic County Superior Court for lawsuits involving C.R. Bard products. (In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)
Women who suffered serious transvaginal mesh complications following surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence may be entitled to compensation from the company that manufactured the device. To learn more about the litigation involving vaginal mesh lawsuits, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP, 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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