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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Move Forward against American Medical Systems, as Federal Court Issues Order for Third Round of Trials

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Published May 19, 2014 by Digital Journal

Anterior-Vaginal-MeshThousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against American Medical Systems, Inc. continue to move forward in a consolidated litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. On May 16, 2014, the Court approved a new Docket Control Order pertaining to the litigation’s third round of bellwether trials. Among other things, the Order stipulates that all discovery, including depositions of all company witnesses and third parties, will be completed by July 14, 2014. Dates for pretrial and settlement conferences, as well as the start date for the trial itself, will be determined by the Court at a future Status Conference. (In Re American Medical Systems, Inc. – MDL No. 2325)

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

According to court documents, tens of thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against American Medical Systems in courts around the country. The vast majority of claims are pending in the Southern District of West Virginia, where Jeffrey S. Grand is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.

On April 30, 2014, Endo International PLC, the parent company of American Medical Systems, announced a settlement agreement that could potentially resolve some 20,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending against the company. Among other things, Endo indicated that it has set aside $830 million to cover the settlement agreement, which is expected to be implemented over the next year. Endo did not admit liability or fault for any plaintiffs’ alleged vaginal mesh complications in agreeing to the settlement plan.*

According to court filings, American Medical Systems is just one of several companies named in vaginal mesh lawsuits in the Southern District of West Virginia. In addition to his work on that litigation, Mr. Grand is also serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in several proceedings established in that jurisdiction that involve Boston Scientific Corp., (MDL 2326), C.R. Bard, Inc. (MDL 2325) and Ethicon, Inc. (MDL No. 2327).

Mr. Grand is also serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in two consolidated proceedings established for C.R. Bard and Ethicon mesh lawsuits in New Jersey’s Atlantic Superior Court. He was also a member of the plaintiff’s trial team for the first Ethicon trial, which ended in March with an $11 million verdict for the Plaintiff. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10; In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10).

Alleged victims of serious vaginal mesh complications may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages. To learn more about filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, please visit Carey Danis & Lowe’s website https://www.careydanis.com. To obtain a free, confidential and no-obligation case review, please call 1.800.721.2519.

 

Federal Judge Overseeing Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Levies Sanctions Against Defense Counsel

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Published May 16, 2014 by Digital Journal

Boston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsBoston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsThe federal judge overseeing thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Inc. unit has sanctioned the companies’ attorneys for removing certain cases to federal court, despite numerous rulings that the lawsuits belong in a Pennsylvania litigation. According to court documents, the lawsuits in question named Pennsylvania-based Secant Medical Inc. as a defendant, and were originally filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In an Order issued on May 13, 2014, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin of the Southern District of West Virginia wrote that the defense attempts to move the cases, despite repeated rulings that Secant had not been fraudulently joined, were calculated “to keep these cases out of state court for as long as possible and to waste the court’s time and the plaintiff’s resources.” (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2327)

Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Court documents indicate that more than 18,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia on behalf of women who were allegedly injured by Ethicon devices used in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in that proceeding. All of the complaints allege that the use of these devices caused thousands of women to suffer mesh erosion, chronic pain, organ damage and other serious, and sometimes permanent, vaginal mesh complications.

Mr. Grand is also serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in two multicounty litigations underway in New Jersey Superior Court for transvaginal mesh lawsuits involving products marketed by C.R. Bard and Ethicon. He was also a member of the Plaintiff’s trial team on the first Ethicon trial in that proceeding, which ended in March with a jury awarding $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman who was harmed by the Ethicon Gynecare Prolift device. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10; In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)

According to court records, more than 55,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against a number of device manufacturers in litigations that are underway in the Southern District of West Virginia. Mr. Grand is also serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in proceedings involving : American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325); Boston Scientific Corp., (MDL No. 2326); and C.R. Bard, Inc., (MDL No. 2187).

<p”>Alleged victims of vaginal mesh complications may be entitled to file their own transvaginal mesh lawsuit. To learn more about the litigation involving these devices, please visit https://www.careydanis.com. To obtain a free, confidential and no-obligation case review, please call 1.800.721.2519.