Vaginal Mesh Class Action Lawsuit-Like Consolidation Ordered in 4 MDLs

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted February 9, 2012


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.


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
  • Infection
  • Other Vaginal Mesh Complications

To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

8 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Barbara says:

    I had a Monarc transobturator tape done seven years ago. Since then I had collegan implants done twice because the mesh didn’t help my incontinence. More recently a Bladder Stone was found on my mesh. That was removed in Dec. 2011 and now I must have the mesh removed. This is a lot of surgery to experience and I am more incontinent.

    Posted on February 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

  • Sunday says:

    I feel your pain. I had my surgery Trans vaginal Mesh done in 2006. Since then I have been through HELL. When I had it implanted I had a decent job, because of the recovery time I lost my job. Shortly after that I had so much pain that I would fall to the ground crying. It hurt so bad. I go back to the doc that put it in and he disappears. Granted this was a man I trusted and had gone to for 4 or so yrs. I considered him my friend. Anyway I go back to him in pain he say’s Uh Oh. I asked why Uh Oh/ He say’s that is was a fairly new device or procedure and I needed it out right away. SO I go to make an appointment to have it removed the Hospital Aurora, tells me I can’t have it removed unless I pay for it out of pocket. So I live 6 1/2 yrs with this in me. My husband threatens to divorce me because we couldn’t have sex. IT HURT TOO BAD. Well finally after all this time I call the hospital in tears begging for them to take it out. Finally they approve the surgery, I had it taken out on May 6th 2012. When I met the new Doctor he said when he first saw me I looked like I was a 94 yr old woman. I am 45. I have to go to physical therapy to get my pelvis strong again. I was so depressed and still am because I still hurt. The doc say’s that there is still some mesh left inside of me that it would be to dangerous to take the rest out.
    Meanwhile, I worked bartender jobs in the past 6 yrs but lost them all because of the pain. I couldn’t stand or bend for more than a minute or two I had to sit down. So I am losing my home, my husband, my car, My dreams all because I peed a little.
    Thanks A Lot Monarc.

    Not to mention I jumped the gun and hired attorneys that could care less about their client and more about how much they will get. Sad

    Posted on May 29, 2012 at 11:48 pm

  • Jacqueline says:

    I had mine done in 2005,like you the doctor that did mine disappeared also, I too have pain still pee and leak stool ,just went to a GYN doctor he said I now have a rectocel and a cyctocele that needs repaird and the transvaginal tapring probably can’t be removed, what a mess I am in.

    Posted on February 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm

  • Deanna says:

    I had mine put in in 2010 and since have started having incontinence again, granted not to the extent of before I had it done. I also had a small bladder lift, rectocele, cystocele, and perineal repair at the same time. At the time I had it done, the doctor perforated my bladder with the guide wire and caused me an overnight stay in the hospital.

    Posted on March 31, 2014 at 12:13 am

  • Mable says:

    I recived my bladder sling in 2001, have had problems for several years, then a lawyer told me I waited too long to do anything about it an I would have to pay repairs outta pocket, whats done is done. My husband an I separated for 6 months or so because of the pain I would be in from having sex, not to mention loss of desire for sex on account of the pain… an the depression…

    Posted on April 20, 2014 at 5:06 am

  • Agnes says:

    I debated my own personal comments but if I can make just one woman know that she is not alone in her pain and embarrassment, then it will be worth the sharing. I myself am like everyone who has a comment in this section, perhaps not as severe but then I may be much worse. Details will not be given. However, I believe that a light shines in this darkness of pan that all of us victims are caught up in. Each one of us are facing times of trial and during those rough periods it can seem as if the dark clouds will never break. Those who have experienced similar pain and survived find that eventually the sun does break through. We all have survived a serious illness that in most cases has left many of us in severe depression. We have been altered forever with no cure in sight. Believe me, the effects of what the mesh implant has done goes beyond physical suffering. It feels natural to lash out at our failing bodies and the medicine that does not help. We have to accept help from our loved ones who act as God’s hands in our times of need. Sometimes I feel like I am in this alone. We are all survivors just short of a miracle and yes God still performs miracles everyday. I commend all of you for your honesty, strength and the will to get well .

    Posted on February 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm

  • Maria says:

    Had intercede mesh unknowingly by my dr who did my supracervical hysterectomy in 2005, constant and. Pains, have felt it during relations with my spouse. I need a good lawyer. This was made by J & J Ethicon.

    Posted on November 14, 2017 at 5:44 pm

  • Maria says:

    Had intercede mesh unknowingly by my dr who did my supracervical hysterectomy in 2005, constant and. Pains, have felt it during relations with my spouse. I need a good lawyer. This was made by J & J Ethicon.

    Posted on November 14, 2017 at 5:46 pm

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