Vaginal Mesh Class Action Lawsuit-Like Consolidation Ordered in 4 MDLs
According to an order issued this week by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, any individuals who file an AMS vaginal mesh lawsuit, Boston Scientific mesh lawsuit or Ethicon/Gynecare mesh lawsuit in federal district court will have their case consolidated as part of three corresponding MDLs, or multidistrict litigations, which have been centralized in West Virginia before the same judge who is already presiding over all federal Bard Avaulta mesh lawsuits.
Three new MDLs have been established for the vaginal mesh litigation, making a total of four MDLs that are assigned to Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Although many people confuse an MDL with a vaginal mesh class action lawsuit, the cases actually remain individual claims and are only consolidated during pretrial litigation. If a vaginal mesh settlement agreement is not reached with the respective manufacturers following discovery and any bellwether trials, each lawsuit will be remanded back to the U.S. District Court where it was originally filed for trial.
The vaginal mesh lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent women throughout the United States who are pursuing a lawsuit after experiencing severe problems from surgical mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or female stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Various products manufactured by American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific, Ethicon and C.R. Bard have been associated with an increased risk of painful and debilitating complications, such as erosion of the mesh through the vagina, infections, pain and other problems.
It is expected that hundreds of lawsuits over problems with transvaginal mesh products will eventually be filed against the various manufacturers of these products. While the cases will be managed during pretrial proceedings in a manner similar to how a vaginal mesh class action suit would be handled, the outcome will not be determined through a class representative, as each lawsuit involves unique damages caused by the vaginal mesh products.
The multidistrict litigation process, which are referred to as MDLs, are common in complex product liability claims involving a large number of claims with similar allegations and factual basis. The complaints are centralized for pretrial proceedings to eliminate conflicting scheduling orders, reduce duplicative discovery, avoid inconsistent rulings and to serve the convenience of the witnesses, the parties and the court.
The new vagina mesh MDLs were centralized before Judge Goodwin because he was already presiding over an MDL established in October 2010 for all lawsuits involving problems with C.R. Bard surgical mesh products.
VAGINAL MESH CLASS ACTION ATTORNEYS
The vaginal mesh attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are continuing to review and evaluate new lawsuits for individuals who have experienced problems with a vaginal sling or mesh product that was implanted transvaginally for repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence. Financial compensation may be available for individuals who have experienced problems like:
- Pelvic Pain
- Erosion or Shrinkage of the Mesh
- Urinary or Bladder Problems
- Other Vaginal Mesh Complications
To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.