Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update: Federal Judge Issues New Rulings In Pelvic Mesh MDLs

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Vaginal mesh lawsuits included in pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation subject to new discovery rulings, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.

Vaginal mesh lawsuits included in four related pelvic mesh multidistrict litigations are subject to newly issued discovery orders, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. On August 22 and August 23, 2012, the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing the pelvic mesh multidistrict litigations currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, issued four pretrial orders in the following actions: 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”); In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2327”); and In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2187”).* The first three pretrial orders deal with the filing of complaints in the American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp., and Ethicon MDLs. The fourth pretrial order sets forth deadlines for bellwether trial selection and related discovery in the C.R. Bard MDL.

“We are pleased that the Court has set additional trial dates,” said Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients who have been injured by dangerous drugs and defective medical devices, on behalf of individuals who were injured by vaginal mesh.

Firm partner Jeffrey S. Grand serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in each of the federal pelvic mesh lawsuits. Mr. Grand also serves as Co-Liaison Counsel in In re Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10 (N.J. Super. Ct.) and In re Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard No. L-6339-10 (N.J. Super. Ct.), which are two consolidated actions of all the vaginal mesh lawsuits filed in New Jersey State court.

Orders Standardize Complaint Forms For Plaintiffs To File Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

The first three orders allow each plaintiff to utilize and complete a standardized complaint form in order to file a lawsuit against American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp, and Ethicon, respectively. The standardized complaint promotes efficiency and expedites the litigation process. The form complaint allows plaintiffs to make claims against the pelvic mesh manufacturers for multiple causes of action, including: negligence, strict products liability, and breach of warranty. Additionally, the form complaints permit plaintiffs to seek damages, including: personal injury, wrongful death, economic loss, loss of services, and loss of consortium. Similarly, defendants must file a master answer in response to each complaint.    

Discovery Scheduling Order Issued In C.R. Bard MDL

Judge Goodwin also issued a pretrial order that will govern the course of the multidistrict litigation against C.R. Bard for the second group of lawsuits pending against the manufacturer. Previously, Judge Goodwin set a trial date of February 5, 2013 for the first federal vaginal mesh lawsuit against C.R. Bard. According to this latest order, trials for the second group of lawsuits against C.R. Bard will begin on June 24, 2013.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is continuing to evaluate claims and actively file vaginal mesh lawsuits on behalf of individuals injured by pelvic mesh. Those who have suffered damages from vaginal mesh implants may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries. Learn more by watching this pelvic mesh video, or by visiting our website, For more information, contact a transvaginal mesh lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (877) 779-1414.

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