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$2M Vaginal Mesh Verdict Tied Up in Appeals Court

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginalmeshlawsuitFast-tracking medical device approvals is tying up a $2 million jury verdict. The plaintiff in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit won a $2 million award, but now the award is under question in an appeals court.

Why?

The defendant in the case, transvaginal mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard, argues that the verdict needs to be voided. The company contends that evidence presented to the jury was incomplete.

During the trial, both parties didn’t mention how the transvaginal mesh device under question received its approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

With most transvaginal mesh products, companies received approval via the 510(k) process.

What’s a 510(k)?

Think of the 510(k) as a template system. A medical device manufacturer submits their transvaginal mesh device to the FDA for approval. That device wins approval due to its rigorous testing, and it becomes the template for future products.

Future transvaginal mesh devices can apply for FDA approval using the 510(k) process, and can cite similarity to that first device that received FDA approval.

In the case of transvaginal mesh, citing similarity was enough to bring these defective products to consumers.

Too many modifications

However, there comes a point when medical devices have been modified so much, they can no longer be considered similar to the first device with FDA approval. This alone should require the manufacturer of the highly-modified device to conduct rigorous research to determine safety.

This wasn’t the case for most transvaginal mesh devices, and is the reason why women all over the world are stepping forward to hold manufacturers like C.R. Bard, Ethicon, American Medical Systems, and Boston Scientific accountable.

We can help you step forward.

Are you ready to share your transvaginal mesh story? We’re here to listen, and to help you.

Our experienced transvaginal mesh lawyers are available to discuss your case during a free consultation. We’ll guide you through your legal options, compensation eligibility, and whether filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit is the right decision for you.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

A June Meeting for Consolidated Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Boston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsBoston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsWhen Judge Goodwin said he was going to “kick it into high gear”, he really meant it.

According to a pretrial order (PTO) filed in early April 2015, Judge Joseph R. Goodwin scheduled a status conference for 6 of 7 transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigations (MDLs) being heard in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Representatives for plaintiffs and defendants will meet on June 2, 2015.

In the PTO, the court scheduled each MDL for about an hour-long meeting. The meeting schedule for June 2 is as follows:

  • 10:00 am – C.R. Bard MDL 2187
  • 11:00 am – Boston Scientific MDL 2326
  • 1:30 pm – Ethicon MDL 2327
  • 2:30 pm – Coloplast MDL 2387
  • 3:00 pm – Cook MDL 2440

The transvaginal mesh lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are pleased to see Judge Goodwin’s drive to keep each of these MDLs on track.

We Can Help You

Carey Danis & Lowe currently represents women who’ve been injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Ethicon, Coloplast, and Cook.

If you have suffered from any serious transvaginal mesh side effects, such as chronic pain or mesh erosion, we encourage you to begin exploring your legal options.

Free Case Evaluations

During your free case evaluation, one of our defective medical device lawyers will guide you through your legal options, compensation eligibility, and if applicable, the process of filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit.

 

J&J Abandons Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Fraud Investigation

By | Class Action, Consumer protection, GMO, Product Liability, Uncategorized

vaginal_mesh_lawsuits_settlementsThe team of defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe recently reported on our law blog that Johnson & Johnson filed a motion in a West Virginia federal court requesting an investigation into the validity of vaginal mesh lawsuits. What influenced the mesh manufacturer’s decision was communication they had with women who claimed that phone solicitors called them about filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit.

According to Reuters, these women told Johnson & Johnson that the phone solicitors asked the women about whether or not they received a transvaginal mesh implant. Also, the phone solicitors mentioned how filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit could result in $40,000 in compensation.

Johnson & Johnson asserted that these phone solicitors could have played a major role in the tens of thousands of lawsuits targeted at Johnson & Johnson and their subsidiary, Ethicon.

Even though Johnson & Johnson appeared resolute in investigating each case’s validity, this is no longer true. According to a court filing, Johnson & Johnson recently abandoned their fraud investigation. However, the motivations behind this abandonment are unknown.

Carey Danis & Lowe believes that Johnson & Johnson’s decision is a sound one. With the mesh manufacturer facing approximately 35,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits, sifting through each case to determine its validity would have a detrimental effect on an efficient legal process.

We Represent Mesh Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe provides our expert legal services to people like you who suffer from transvaginal mesh complications.

If you suffer from injuries related to a transvaginal mesh implant, we encourage you to review your legal options with us today. One of our personal injury lawyers can also evaluate your compensation eligibility. We offer free, no obligation case consultations.

Share your story with Carey Danis & Lowe. Call us at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

C.R. Bard Appeal of $5.5 Million Verdict Denied

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginalmeshlawsuitThe California Supreme Court recently denied the appeal of a transvaginal mesh manufacturer, C.R. Bard, who sought to annul a 2012 jury verdict awarding $5.5 million to the plaintiff in the transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Upon receiving the jury’s verdict, C.R. Bard declared that they planned to appeal the decision.

In a Bloomberg report from July 2012, a C.R. Bard representative named Scott Lowry stated that the “the complications suffered by the plaintiff…are not the fault” of C.R. Bard.

The plaintiff in the case, Christine Scott, received an implant of the C.R. Bard Avaulta Plus. Scott experienced mesh erosion, which in turn resulted in stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic pain, according to a Bloomberg report.

The Scott case was the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial in the U.S., and thus, it is meaningful whether the case rests in favor of the plaintiff or defendant. C.R. Bard may be out of options for overturning the Scott verdict, and with increasing pressure to settle transvaginal mesh lawsuits, the mesh manufacturer may be moved to let the verdict rest.

Legal Assistance for Mesh Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe is a team of dedicated defective medical device lawyers who are currently filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits on behalf of women who sustained injuries from C.R. Bard implants, or implants manufactured by another company, such as Ethicon or Boston Scientific.

If you or someone you love has been injured by transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to use our offer of a free, no obligation case evaluation in order to better understand your case, legal options, and compensation eligibility.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

Transvaginal Mesh Settlement Urged by Judge

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginal_mesh_lawsuitsThe federal judge who is overseeing the pretrial proceedings in the 7 transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigations (MDLs) urged the defendants in each of the MDLs to settle the tens of thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits that they face. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin expressed his belief that without a transvaginal mesh settlement, decades would pass before finally resolving these cases.

According to a Reuters report, Judge Goodwin pointed to the American Medical Systems settlement as a praiseworthy example of what should be done.

Though Judge Goodwin has been pushing for settlement, a few of the vaginal mesh makers, among them C.R. Bard, Ethicon, and Boston Scientific, have been averse to the judge’s recommendation, as they continue to adhere to the belief that their vaginal mesh products are not defective. Still, the increasing amount of pressure that these vaginal mesh makers face may play a major role in ultimately influencing the manufacturers to work out a settlement.

Carey Danis & Lowe Represents Mesh Victims

The dedicated team of defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe represent women who have been injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by C.R. Bard, Ethicon, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, Coloplast, and Cook Medical.

If you have been injured by a transvaginal mesh product manufactured by one of the makers named above, you may be entitled to receive compensation. One of our attorneys can discuss your compensation eligibility during a free, no obligation case evaluation.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

Stay up-to-date on the latest transvaginal mesh lawsuit updates by reading the Carey Danis & Lowe law blog. Find out about Johnson & Johnson’s allegation of fraud, or about Obtape vaginal mesh lawsuits being settled in Georgia.

Johnson & Johnson Settles 4 Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginal_mesh_lawsuitsJohnson & Johnson and their subsidiary, Ethicon, agreed to settle 4 vaginal mesh lawsuits. The medical device manufacturer faces thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits, but for the time being, has only decided to settle these 4 particular cases.

An Ethicon spokeswoman was quoted by a Bloomberg reporter as saying that these 4 vaginal mesh lawsuits were deemed appropriate for settlement, and so, Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon moved forward with their decision. Even though the medical device manufacturer agreed to resolve these 4 cases, they remain firm in their stance that they are free of fault.

The defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are pleased to hear the news of the Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon settlement. Though settling 4 cases is a small step forward in addressing the thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits targeting Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, it is nevertheless a step forward.

Legal Assistance for Mesh Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe currently represents mesh victims. Our team of defective medical device lawyers work tirelessly towards recovering losses for the thousands of women who have been harmed by transvaginal mesh.

If you or someone you love has been injured by vaginal mesh, we encourage you to seek the expert legal assistance of Carey Danis & Lowe. We will review your case and evaluate your compensation eligibility during a free, no-obligation case consultation.

We are here to help you. Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

Mesh Lawsuit Update: Plaintiffs Deny J&J’s Fraud Allegation

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

vaginal_mesh_lawsuits_settlementsPlaintiffs who have filed vaginal mesh lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon have firmly denied allegations of fraudulent vaginal mesh lawsuits. It was brought to the attention of Johnson & Johnson that women were being solicited over the phone to file transvaginal mesh lawsuits regardless of whether they had received an implant or not.

Johnson & Johnson mentioned these spam phone calls to the federal judge who is managing the Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon multidistrict litigation (MDL) in West Virginia. The mesh manufacturer requested that the court investigate the validity of each of the thousands of cases in the Ethicon MDL.

In response to the Johnson & Johnson request, the plaintiffs delivered a firm argument that the request lacks substance, since evidence of fraudulent filings are nonexistent.

The mesh manufacturer’s request can be considered a distraction from the matter at hand, in addition to an action that could have an unfortunate impact on the efficiency of the Ethicon MDL. In light of this, Carey Danis & Lowe is hopeful that the federal judge rules the Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon request insubstantial.

Legal Representation for Mesh Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe provides expert legal representation for mesh victims. Our defective medical device lawyers currently represent women and their families in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. If you have been injured by transvaginal mesh, including devices manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, we encourage you to begin exploring your legal options and compensation eligibility during a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Share your transvaginal mesh story with Carey Danis & Lowe today. Call us at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

 

 

Telephone Scammers Urge Fraudulent Mesh Lawsuits

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

alertIn what is an unfortunate distraction in the Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon multidistrict litigation (MDL) in West Virginia, news of telephone scammers contacting women about filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits has brought Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon on the offense.

In reaction to news of the telephone scam, Johnson & Johnson, and their subsidiary, Ethicon, requested that the federal judge overseeing their MDL, in which they are a defendant, review all cases to separate truthful claims from false ones, if they even exist.

Johnson & Johnson caught wind of the telephone scam through women who contacted the company about the unwanted, aggressive telephone solicitation. Oftentimes, these women have not experienced injuries, or they have not even received a mesh implant. Still, as reported by Bloomberg, the telephone scammers remained extremely forceful in their attempts to persuade these women to file a fraudulent claim.

It is unclear how many women contacted Johnson & Johnson, but, according to the company, the women’s accounts were of such a nature and/or quantity, that the company felt it necessary to bring the court’s attention to the matter.

This is a major shift in focus for the Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon MDL, from focus being placed on transvaginal mesh complications to the truthfulness of these complications.

For women with cases in the MDL who have been injured, and are anxiously awaiting justice, this shift in focus is an unfortunate and unwelcome distraction from the important matter at hand.

The defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe hope that these telephone scammers are stopped immediately, so that the MDL can once again move forward. In no way does Carey Danis & Lowe agree with the actions of these telephone scammers.

We hope that as the court decides how to handle the telephone scam, they remain sensitive to the thousands of women who have genuinely suffered.

If you would like to discuss your case, contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by submitting a confidential personal injury claim form.

 

 

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update: New Jersey Cases Continue to Increase

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

lawshitVaginal mesh lawsuits filed by women who have suffered serious injuries after using medical products manufactured by either C.R. Bard and Ethicon continue to increase in a New Jersey state court in Atlantic City. Plaintiffs have filed 1,585 lawsuits in the C.R. Bard litigation. Ethicon, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, is named as the defendant in 7,210 cases.

Thus far in October, the Ethicon litigation has seen filings of 32 new cases, with 9 new cases being filed against C.R. Bard.

The case list for the New Jersey vaginal mesh litigation was updated on October 20, 2014.

Legal Assistance for Mesh Users

Carey Danis & Lowe is a St. Louis law firm that specializes in defective medical device litigation. Our team of dedicated attorneys are currently investigating transvaginal mesh cases. If you or someone you love has been injured by either a C.R. Bard or an Ethicon product, we encourage you to begin exploring your legal options and eligibility for compensation with one of our attorneys today.

We offer free, no-obligation case evaluations.

Carey Danis & Lowe is available to listen to your transvaginal mesh story today. Contact our law firm by phone at 800.721.2519, or by submitting a confidential personal injury claim form.

Client Experiences

If you are interested in working with us, below, read what David and Louise have to say about their experiences with the team at Carey Danis & Lowe.

“I had a real nice conversation with a lady named Sarah today. I appreciate the time she spent with me, She treated me with respect but mainly as a person. I don’t see that much anymore. Please pass this along to her.”

– David D.

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you…for keeping me abreast of the progress on the case. I am extremely pleased with the outcome and feel blessed that I saw your ad in our local newspaper.”

– Louise C., Missouri

 

Report Examines Defective Transvaginal Mesh

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginal_mesh_lawsuit_settlements_mdl_multidistrict_litigation_class_action_lawsuit_vaginal_mesh_fda_lawsuitsThe Corporate Action Network published a report in August 2014 examining transvaginal mesh products, a mesh manufacturer, and the women affected by defective medical products. The report provides a brief overview of transvaginal mesh side effects, including erosion, infection, pain, urinary tract complications, and the return of symptoms of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP), symptoms the transvaginal mesh implant was intended to eliminate.

The report also reveals that Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of mesh manufacturer Ethicon, was aware of the defective nature of their transvaginal mesh products, but neglected to warn patients and health care providers about known health risks.

One of the risks that the mesh manufacturer was aware of is nerve injury.

One woman quoted in the report, Terri White of Georgia, claims to have suffered from transvaginal mesh side effects for nine years now. In the report, she states that her life has been changed forever by urinary tract infections, pain, and emotional suffering.

Another woman quoted in the Corporate Action Network report, Kristine Monje of California, states that mesh has taken her life away.

From these two accounts, and the thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in courts across the U.S., it is clear that transvaginal mesh has had a negative impact in the lives of so many women.

Carey Danis & Lowe Provides the Legal Support You Need

Carey Danis & Lowe is a defective medical device law firm with headquarters in St. Louis. Our team of dedicated attorneys represents women in transvaginal mesh lawsuits across the country. Hearing our clients’ devastating mesh stories motivates our attorneys every day in working towards manufacturer accountability and victim compensation.

If you or someone you love has been injured by transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to seek justice. Our attorneys are currently investigating transvaginal mesh cases, and invite you to explore your legal options during a free initial case evaluation.

Carey Danis & Lowe is here to listen to your transvaginal mesh story. Contact our law firm today by calling 800.721.2519, or by submitting one of our confidential personal injury claim forms.