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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit News: New Pretrial Order Filed in West Virginia Federal Court

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

gavel_multidistrict_litigation_settlements_trial_transvaginal_mesh_lawsuitsTransvaginal mesh lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe note that the transvaginal mesh lawsuits consolidated into six multidistrict litigations (MDLs) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia are continuing to make progress with a new document filed by the court. The latest pretrial order filed by the court pertains to upcoming status conference meetings for all six of the MDLs. The status conference scheduled for November 7, 2013 has been canceled, with the next status conference scheduled for December 5.

The pretrial order provides dates for future status conferences through September 2014.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is presiding over the six transvaginal mesh MDLs. As of late October 2013, there are 5,290 cases in the C. R. Bard MDL; 11,329 cases targeted at American Medical Systems; 6,957 lawsuits pending in the Boston Scientific MDL; 11,158 cases in the Ethicon MDL; 1,126 lawsuits consolidated into the Coloplast Corp. MDL; and Cook Medical faces 157 lawsuits.

Women who have received a transvaginal implant and have experienced an adverse outcome continue to contact the transvaginal mesh lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe for legal advice, and to speak with one of our on-staff nurses. If you believe that your injuries originate from a defective transvaginal mesh device, you have a case that may be eligible for compensation.

Carey Danis & Lowe is here to discuss your legal options, and to assist with filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Share your transvaginal mesh story with Carey Danis & Lowe today by calling 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim.

Learn more about transvaginal mesh lawsuits by reading Carey Danis & Lowe’s articles about the Ethicon Gynecare Prolift transvaginal mesh device, and find out the latest on the transvaginal mesh MDL settlement discussions.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update: West Virginia MDLs Met Mid-September for Status Conference

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginal_mesh_lawsuit_settlements_news_mdl_class_action_lawsuit_vaginal_mesh_lawsuit_erosion_pain_bleedingThere are six transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigations (MDLs) being heard by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The court convened in mid-September for a status conference to discuss progress in all six of the transvaginal mesh MDLs.

Both parties discussed the deadline for filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Judge Goodwin stated that he would mull over a deadline extension and flexibility on the weekly filing allowance.

The plaintiffs counsel and defendants counsel also discussed progress being made in the bellwether trial process. According to the status conference minutes, the next bellwether trial among the six transvaginal mesh MDLs will be Jones v. C. R. Bard, scheduled to begin on November 12, 2013.

In the American Medical Systems MDL, the first bellwether trial was scheduled for December 2013, but has been delayed with a new start date yet to be decided.

The six transvaginal mesh MDLs are:

  • In re: C. R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2187
  • In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2325
  • In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2326
  • In re: Ethicon Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2327
  • In re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2387
  • In re: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2440

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), patients who experienced an adverse effect from transvaginal mesh most often reported mesh erosion as being the complication. Transvaginal mesh erosion occurs when the mesh begins eroding surrounding tissue and organs. The FDA has also reviewed a number of adverse event reports wherein the patient experienced infection, bleeding, and painful intercourse associated with a transvaginal mesh implant.

The team of St. Louis class action attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe work diligently to win you or your loved one a day in court, so that your transvaginal mesh case can finally be heard. Work with one of our transvaginal mesh lawyers, and receive a free legal evaluation of your transvaginal mesh case. Carey Danis & Lowe can also assist with evaluating your compensation eligibility and with filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit.

Share your story with Carey Danis & Lowe by calling 800.721.2519, or by submitting a personal injury claim form.

Five Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers Reported to Be in Settlement Discussions

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginal_mesh_mdl_2013_settlements_side_effects_court_filing_lawsuitsIn a federal court in West Virginia, five transvaginal mesh manufacturers, C. R. Bard, Boston Scientific Corp., American Medical Systems, Coloplast Corp., and Cook Medical, are purported to be in discussions to settle thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Over 12,000 lawsuits have been consolidated into five different multidistrict litigations (MDLs) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

The settlement talks do not include Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.

There is speculation that the West Virginia transvaginal mesh MDLs could see a huge surge of new cases in light of these settlement discussions. Some are even calling for a multibillion dollar settlement, according to Bloomberg.

In a recent regulatory document, approximately 12,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against C. R. Bard. Of those 12,000, over 4,800 have been consolidated into the C. R. Bard MDL in West Virginia. Boston Scientific Corp. has been dealt the same amount of lawsuits as C. R. Bard, with approximately 6,300 of those cases consolidated into the Boston Scientific Corp. MDL. As for Coloplast Corp., the medical device manufacturer faces over 1,000 lawsuits in the Coloplast MDL. The latest case number data for the Cook Medical MDL shows that the Indiana based manufacturer is being targeted with just over 100 transvaginal mesh lawsuits.

As of early October, Ethicon faces over 10,200 transvaginal mesh lawsuits in the Ethicon MDL.

To learn more about transvaginal mesh lawsuits, read about the C. R. Bard settlement agreement reached in a New Jersey transvaginal mesh lawsuit or get an in-depth look at transvaginal mesh injuries.

If you or someone you love has been injured by transvaginal mesh, the attorneys and medical experts at Carey Danis & Lowe are here to help. Share your story with Carey Danis & Lowe, St. Louis class action attorneys, by calling 800.721.2519, or by submitting a personal injury claim form.

Carey Danis & Lowe Transvaginal Mesh Lawyers Review Federal Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized
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The team of transvaginal mesh lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe reviewed the number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. As of late September, there are currently over 32,000 cases filed against six different transvaginal mesh manufacturers, including C. R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp., Ethicon, Coloplast Corp., and Cook Medical.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is presiding over the six transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigations (MDLs) in the West Virginia federal court.

C. R. Bard faces 4,755 cases, whereas 10,284 lawsuits have been consolidated against American Medical Systems. Plaintiffs have filed 6,267 against Boston Scientific Corp., and 10,108 cases against Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. Coloplast Corp. faces 1,080 transvaginal mesh lawsuits, and the newest MDL added to the West Virginia federal court, Cook Medical, includes 152 cases.

In the coming months, Carey Danis & Lowe transvaginal mesh lawyers will continue to closely watch the number of new lawsuits being consolidated into these six West Virginia MDLs.

Carey Danis & Lowe is a national law firm based in St. Louis that represents women who claim injury from transvaginal mesh implants. Our team of attorneys works diligently to provide these women with expert legal counsel.

If you or someone you love has been injured by transvaginal mesh, Carey Danis & Lowe encourages you to speak with one of our attorneys today for a free legal evaluation of your mesh case. You can also speak with one of our on-staff nurses concerning transvaginal mesh health problems.

Share your story with Carey Danis & Lowe by calling 800.721.2519, or by submitting a personal injury claim form.

As of late September 2013, there are over 32,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in a West Virginia federal court. Read more on the Carey Danis & Lowe blog.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update: Mistrial Ruling Delivered in First C. R. Bard Bellwether Case

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Boston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsBoston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsThe first bellwether trial in the C.R. Bard multidistrict litigation in a West Virginia federal court has come to a sudden halt following a mistrial ruling. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin ruled in favor of a mistrial following an overly revealing statement made by a gynecologist acting as an expert witness for the plaintiff in the case.

With the revelation that C.R. Bard pulled their Avaulta transvaginal mesh products from the market in 2012, C. R. Bard’s lawyers and Judge Goodwin conceded that the trial could no longer be deemed fair. In a Bloomberg article on the C. R. Bard mistrial, Judge Goodwin went on to state that he considered the gynecologist’s statement to be something that could not be ignored by the jury in the case.

As of July 11, 2013, there are approximately 3,910 transvaginal mesh lawsuits that have been consolidated into the C.R. Bard MDL in West Virginia. Plaintiffs have filed their transvaginal mesh lawsuits alleging that C.R. Bard’s Avaulta transvaginal mesh products cause serious internal injuries following implantation.

C.R. Bard is not the only transvaginal mesh manufacturer facing thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits in the West Virginia federal court. Plaintiffs who claim to have been injured following transvaginal mesh implantation surgery have filed lawsuits against American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp., Ethicon, Coloplast Corp., and Cook Medical. Judge Goodwin is presiding over each of these transvaginal mesh MDLs in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Though the news of the mistrial is an unexpected outcome, Carey Danis & Lowe transvaginal mesh lawyers want to inform individuals who believe that they have been injured by a transvaginal mesh product to still seek legal advice.

Carey Danis & Lowe encourages those who claim injury from transvaginal mesh to explore our transvaginal mesh information page. Once there, visitors can learn more about eligibility and receive assistance in filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit.

Carey Danis & Lowe Vaginal Mesh Lawyers Encouraged by Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Consolidation into Cook Medical MDL

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

cook_medical_transvaginal_mesh_lawsuits_MDLCook Medical, Inc. is named as the defendant in a number of vaginal mesh lawsuits recently consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in a West Virginia federal court. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) approved consolidation for Cook Medical vaginal mesh lawsuits on June 11, 2013.

The vaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated into the West Virginia federal court from New Jersey, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. There are currently eight cases in the Cook Medical MDL.

The Cook Medical MDL is In re: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2440. The cases are being presided over by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is also hearing the other five vaginal mesh MDLs involving CR Bard, Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, Coloplast Corp., and Boston Scientific Corp.

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered vaginal mesh manufacturers, including CR Bard and Johnson & Johnson, to conduct three year trials of their vaginal mesh products in order to collect safety information. The trials are also intended to address commonly reported health complications involving pelvic pain and internal damage associated with vaginal mesh implants.

However, Johnson & Johnson announced during the summer of 2012 that it would be removing its vaginal mesh products from the market, possibly unburdening them from having to conduct product trials.

Still, Carey Danis & Lowe vaginal mesh lawyers are encouraged by the consolidation of these Cook Medical vaginal mesh cases into an MDL in West Virginia. Our vaginal mesh lawyers believe that plaintiffs who allege injuries from vaginal mesh products deserve their day in court.

Carey Danis & Lowe continues to hear from individuals who claim injury from vaginal mesh products, and as such, is currently accepting vaginal mesh cases. For a free legal evaluation and for assistance in filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit, contact Carey Danis & Lowe at 800.721.2519 or submit a personal injury claim form.

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit News: Endo & American Medical Systems Settle Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits for $54.4 Million

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginal_mesh_mdl_2013_settlements_side_effects_court_filing_lawsuitsEndo Health Solutions Inc. and its subsidiary, American Medical Systems, agreed to a $54.4 million settlement of vaginal mesh lawsuits. Endo and American Medical Systems recently filed the settlement agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In a Bloomberg Businessweek article about the settlement, Endo did not disclose how many vaginal mesh lawsuits would be settled with the $54.4 million. The settlement will only involve a very small number of vaginal mesh lawsuits, and it will not apply to vaginal mesh lawsuits consolidated into the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Approximately 5,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the West Virginia federal court. The first bellwether trial in the American Medical Systems MDL is scheduled for December 2013. The American Medical Systems MDL is In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2325. The American Medical Systems MDL is being presided over by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

Plaintiffs have filed vaginal mesh lawsuits against Endo and American Medical Systems alleging their vaginal mesh products eroded and caused severe pelvic pain.

Carey Danis & Lowe vaginal mesh lawyers are continuing to investigate vaginal mesh cases. Our vaginal mesh lawyers are also offering free legal evaluations to individuals who believe to have been injured by a vaginal mesh product manufactured by Endo and American Medical Systems or any other vaginal mesh product manufacturer, including CR Bard, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific Corp., Coloplast Corp., or Cook Medical Inc.

 

For a free legal evaluation and assistance with filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit, contact Carey Danis & Lowe today by calling 800.721.2519 or submit a personal injury claim form.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit News: Vaginal Mesh MDLs in West Virginia Set Bellwether Case Presentation Date

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Boston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsBoston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsThe transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases are progressing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Five vaginal mesh MDLs have been established in the U.S. District Court, and are being presided over by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

One of the five vaginal mesh MDLs includes the Ethicon MDL, known as In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2327. Vaginal mesh lawsuits have also been consolidated into MDLs against C. R. Bard, Inc., American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., and Coloplast Corp.

According to pretrial order 52, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin has set a date for bellwether case presentations. In the court document, Judge Goodwin describes that on the day of the bellwether presentations, he will inform both parties as to the date on which he will finalize his case selections for bellwether trials. The bellwether presentations will take place on July 25, 2013.

The pretrial order applies to all vaginal mesh MDLs.

Carey Danis & Lowe vaginal mesh lawyers see the setting of the bellwether case presentation date as a major step forward in the litigation process. Furthermore, for the plaintiffs who claim to have been injured by these manufacturers’ vaginal mesh products, justice and closure continues to gets closer and closer.

Women who have been injured by the Ethicon Gynecare Prolift and other vaginal mesh products contact vaginal mesh lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe on a daily basis. If you or someone you love has been injured by a vaginal mesh product, it is important to understand that you are not alone in your pain and suffering, and that Carey Danis & Lowe transvaginal mesh lawyers are here to offer expert legal counsel.

For a free legal evaluation about your vaginal mesh case, and for assistance in filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, contact Carey Danis & Lowe today by calling 800.721.2519 or submit a personal injury claim form.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe Report on Ethicon MDL 2327 Pretrial Order 48

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Boston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsBoston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsThe latest development in the Ethicon multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin filed pretrial order 48 about dismissing certain Coloplast Corp. entities from all pending cases.

Filed on May 28, the pretrial order in Ethicon MDL 2327 reports on the defendants’ request for the removal of certain Coloplast entities from plaintiffs’ cases in all transvaginal mesh lawsuits consolidated into the five MDLs presided over by Judge Goodwin.

Though the pretrial order will have more of an affect on the Coloplast MDL 2387 itself, due to the closely related injuries detailed by plaintiffs, pretrial orders filed in one transvaginal mesh MDL in the West Virginia court are often filed in all of the MDLs.

The most recent pretrial order does not mean that the Coloplast MDL is being disbanded. Rather, it simply means that any mention of Coloplast subsidiaries, such as Coloplast A/S, Coloplast Manufacturing US, LLC, and Porges S.A., will be removed from plaintiffs’ cases.

Like Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh, Coloplast’s bladder sling has been linked to erosion, contraction, severe pelvic pain, infection, and other debilitating health complications.

Following almost 3,000 adverse event reports citing problems with vaginal mesh implants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety communication in July 2011 noting their continuing review of vaginal mesh products and studies.

According to the FDA’s review, the most frequently reported health complication related to vaginal mesh involves vaginal mesh erosion. The FDA communicated that to resolve vaginal mesh erosion, women underwent numerous surgeries, and even then, the vaginal mesh implant could not be entirely removed, leaving women in extreme pain and discomfort.

Transvaginal mesh lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are currently investigating vaginal mesh cases, and encourage individuals who have been injured by a vaginal mesh product, whether Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift, Coloplast’s bladder slings, or another product, to contact one of our personal injury lawyers today for a free legal consultation.

 

Carey Danis & Lowe can also assist with filing vaginal mesh lawsuits. Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today by calling 800.721.2519 or by submitting a personal injury claim form.

Ethicon Vaginal Mesh MDL Update: Defense Fact Sheets Due in Early April for Ethicon Discovery Pool Cases

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Ethicon Vaginal Mesh MDL Update: Defense Fact Sheets Due in Early April for Ethicon Discovery Pool CasesTransvaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated into five multi-district litigation (MDL) cases in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is overseeing the proceedings for the Ethicon MDL and four other transvaginal mesh MDLs.

Cases have been brought forth against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, in particular for the defective Ethicon Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh product. In addition to the Ethicon MDL, vaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated into MDLs involving C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp., and Coloplast Corp.

The Ethicon MDL is known as In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2327. The Ethicon MDL was scheduled to meet for a status conference on February 7, but the meeting was cancelled. The next Ethicon MDL status conference is scheduled for March 21.

Since their last meeting, Judge Goodwin has issued pretrial order #41 which provides details on the defendant’s fact sheet (DFS). According to another pretrial order delivered by Judge Goodwin in the Ethicon MDL, the defendants must submit to the plaintiffs a DFS for each Ethicon case selected for the first thirty Discovery Pool. Ethicon’s defense counsel must complete this process of filing the DFS documents by April 8.

The DFS requests for each plaintiffs’ case information on Ethicon’s contact with any treating and evaluating physicians. The DFS also asks for details about Ethicon sales representatives’ interactions with physicians, specifically if they received any benefits from a relationship with an Ethicon representative. Furthermore, the DFS orders that the defense list the number of Ethicon transvaginal mesh products purchased by a physician’s office.

The information provided in the DFS is integral to the Discovery process in the Ethicon MDL, and will assist in building strong cases against Ethicon in bellwether trials.

Women have used the Ethicon Gynecare Prolift to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Following surgery, women have filed complaints with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) alleging that Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift has caused infection, severe pelvic area pain, organ perforation, and vaginal erosion.

Quite often, women who underwent surgery to receive the Gynecare Prolift had to endure future revision surgeries to remove the vaginal mesh product.

Lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are currently evaluating vaginal mesh lawsuits, including those involving Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh device.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a vaginal mesh product, contact a lawyer at Carey Danis & Lowe for a free legal evaluation by calling 800.721.2519 or by submitting a legal claim form.