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More lawsuits added to Ethicon transvaginal mesh MDL

More than 60 lawsuits claiming Johnson & Johnson’s unit Ethicon Inc., manufactured and marketed defectively designed transvaginal mesh devices will be added to one of seven similar multidistrict litigations (MDL) in West Virginia federal court despite protests from plaintiffs. Plaintiffs from the Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Kentucky and the Central District of California brought up various arguments including the MDL being too far along for new plaintiffs to enter. “While the relative merits of transferring new tag-along actions to an MDL can change over time, plaintiffs have not demonstrated that transfer would not promote the just and ... Read More

New study investigates complications with transvaginal mesh

Women who have received transvaginal mesh implants to treat stress urinary incontinence had a 1 in 30 chance of suffering complications requiring the removal of the device or the need to undergo further surgery within 10 years. And women who received additional transvaginal mesh after the failure of the initial mesh were five times more likely to suffer complications requiring more surgery, according to a new research. The study, conducted by researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, is the first to gauge the rate of mesh removal or revision among Canadian women. It involved data from more than ... Read More

District judge consolidates 26 transvaginal mesh lawsuits against Ethicon

Twenty-six lawsuits in a massive multidistrict against Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon, Inc., alleging the company sold defectively designed transvaginal mesh resulting in serious injuries will be consolidated and go to trial, a West Virginia federal judge ruled. The lawsuits are among about 23,000 filed against Ethicon over transvaginal mesh that will likely go to trial in November. The 26 all involve West Virginia plaintiffs who underwent procedures in the state to have Ethicon’s mesh implanted for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. Thus, all 26 lawsuits are subject to the state’s relevant laws. After the ... Read More

Montgomery doctor advises women to consider risks with transvaginal mesh

Montgomery, Ala., physician Dr. Jefferson Underwood is encouraging women to consider other options besides transvaginal mesh to treat specific gynecological problems. Transvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh that looks like a fishing net. It is usually made of metal, fiber or pastic. The mesh was first used in the late 1950s for hernia repairs to keep internal organs from bulging through the surgical incision after surgery. Fast forward 20 years, and surgeons began using the mesh to treat specific pelvic floor disorders, such as pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary ... Read More

Judge upholds expert witnesses limit in transvaginal mesh cases

Plaintiffs in a C.R. Bard transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation consolidated in federal court were told by a West Virginia federal judge that they could only call three expert witnesses per case, a standard that was established during a pre-trial order last July. Plaintiffs had argued that limiting their experts to three could prevent them from showing burden of proof. In some cases, they argued, they may need more variety in experts, such as a pathologist, a materials expert, a causation expert (such as a gynecologist or urologist), and a specialist in pelvic pain. But the arguments didn’t sway Judge Goodwin, ... Read More

$5.7 million awarded to woman injured by transvaginal mesh

A California jury slapped Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon Inc. with a $5.7 million judgment after finding the company’s transvaginal mesh device caused a woman to suffer injuries that will leave her in chronic pain. Plaintiff Coleen Perry was awarded $700,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages after suing the companies and her doctor in California state court over injuries she alleged were caused by the companies’ TVT Abbrevo mesh. Transvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh or a bladder sling, is used to support pelvic organs that have dropped causing discomfort, painful intercourse or incontinence – ... Read More

Bard on verge of settlement in transvaginal mesh case

C.R. Bard and a woman who claims she was injured by the medical device maker’s defective transvaginal mesh are on the verge of a settlement, just days before the lawsuit was scheduled to go to trial. Debra Wise’s lawsuit was part of a federal multidistrict litigation in West Virginia. The “pending settlement” was signed off on by U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin, and the case was ordered off the active docket in the litigation. Wise’s lawsuit was originally filed in West Virginia state court in the Circuit Court of Cabell County before it was transferred to the federal multidistrict litigation. ... Read More

Judge rules $2 million verdict stands against transvaginal mesh maker

A federal judge denied a mistrial and left intact a $2 million jury verdict against medical device manufacturer C. R. Bard Inc., in a bellwether trial over claims that its transvaginal mesh implant was defective and caused serious injuries. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin said the motion stood because the company had not proven a miscarriage of justice. However, Goodwin also did not find unconstitutional a provision in Georgia’s Tort Reform Act of 1987 that requires product liability plaintiffs to give up 75 percent of their punitive damage earnings to the state. This comes as a blow to plaintiffs Donna and ... Read More

Four dangerous medical devices that have impacted women’s health

Medical devices have helped improve the quality of our lives, but it is up to individual patients to research the risks and benefits of these devices before undergoing any procedure. In particular, several medical devices in recent years have had a negative impact on women’s health. Here is a list of four medical devices that have been associated with serious and sometimes fatal complications. Laparoscopic Power Morcellators – These devices hit the market in 1991 offering less invasive removal of uteruses and fibroid growths than traditional open surgeries for hysterectomies and myomectomies. Power morcellators shred the uteruses or fibroid tumors inside ... Read More

Lawsuit filed against makers of transvaginal mesh

Anne M. Klene underwent several procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence during which transvaginal mesh was used, but she claims the devices were defective and caused her to develop hyper-inflammatory responses resulting in lifelong pain. She and her husband Richard T. Klene have filed a lawsuit against manufacturers of her transvaginal mesh claiming the companies were negligent and fraudulent in designing and marketing a defective medical device. The Klene’s lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Boston Scientific Corporation, Boston Scientific Sales, Mentor Worldwide, and Johnson & Johnson. Their lawsuit seeks compensatory and ... Read More