Vaginal Mesh Litigation Status
What is the Status of the Litigation for Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Lawsuits?
As of late 2013, more than 35,000 women throughout the United States have filed a product liability lawsuit against the makers of transvaginal surgical mesh products in state and federal courts across the country.
The vaginal mesh litigation seeks financial compensation for women who have suffered serious and debilitating complications following surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and female stress urinary incontinence (SUI), such as:
- Erosion of the mesh into the vagina
- Internal organ perforation
- Pelvic pain
- Return of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary problems
Transvaginal Mesh MDLs in Federal Court
Federal lawsuits involving surgical mesh manufactured by C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems (AMS), Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, Coloplast and Cook Medical are currently consolidated for pretrial proceedings as part of six different MDLs, or multidistrict litigations.
An Mentor ObTape litigation was centralized for coordinated handling, as a growing number of complaints were filed after the bladder sling was removed from the market in 2006, just three years after it was introduced. Following several years of litigation, settlements have been reached in most of the Mentor ObTape lawsuits.
The currently pending federal MDLs established for products made by other companies are centralized before U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia, and a series of early trial dates, known as “bellwether” cases, are have been scheduled to help the parties gauge the relative strengths and weaknesses of their cases.
Vaginal Mesh Trial Status
Vaginal mesh trials are scheduled throughout 2014, with a number of cases expected to begin back-to-back to demonstrate how different juries may respond to similar evidence and testimony that is offered in lawsuits that are representative of a large number of cases pending throughout the country.
A series of four trials involving Bard Avaulta lawsuits began in mid-2013. In the first case, a jury awarded the plaintiff $2 million in damages, including punitive damages. During the first day of trial in the second case, an agreement to settle the Bard Avaulta case was reached, avoiding another potentially substantial jury award.
At least two state court transvaginal mesh lawsuits have made it to trial in the litigation, with one trial on-going in New Jersey state court and a second case in California state court resulting in a $5.5 million damage award in July 2012. Additionalvaginal mesh trials are scheduled throughout 2013.
Find Out If You Qualify For the Litigation
Even as the litigation proceeds toward additional trial dates throughout 2013, the vaginal mesh lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are continuing to review and evaluate additional lawsuits on behalf of women throughout the United States. All cases are handled by our law firm under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are no out-of-pocket expenses to hire a lawyer and we receive no attorney fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.
To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.