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Judge schedules first of Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh cases for March trial

A West Virginia federal judge overseeing personal-injury litigation against six transvaginal mesh manufacturers has set a trial-start date of March 10, 2014 for the first lawsuit naming Boston Scientific as a defendant. The Natick, Mass.-based medical device manufacturer faces more than 6,400 personal-injury claims filed in U.S. District Courts by women who allege the polypropylene devices, which are designed to correct pelvic organ prolapse and some forms of urinary incontinence, are defectively designed and cause a multitude of complications, including mesh erosion, infection, bleeding, organ perforation, and severe pain. Those cases have been consolidated for multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Charleston, ... Read More

Several transvaginal mesh manufacturers involved in lawsuit settlement talks

Settlement talks are currently underway between manufacturers of transvaginal mesh and women who say they suffered serious complications from the defectively designed products. Attorneys for Boston Scientific, Coloplast, Cook Medical, and C.R. Bard entered into discussions to resolve the tens of thousands of lawsuits waged against them. The only manufacturer that did not join the discussion was Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. There are more than 30,000 lawsuits against the five companies that are engaged in settlement talks. However, that number is expected to grow to upwards of 50,000 as more plaintiffs join in the settlement proceedings. Transvaginal ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh manufacturers face more than 30,000 lawsuits alleging defective design

More than 10,000 lawsuits involving Ethicon Gynecare transvaginal mesh have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia, all claiming the surgical mesh products were defectively designed and made, and that Ethicon failed to warn doctors and patients of the risks associated with the devices. Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is also facing an additional 4,400 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in multi-county litigation in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. Ethicon is just one of six manufacturers of transvaginal mesh. There are more than 30,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in separate proceedings in just the ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh manufacturers begin settlement negotiations

Five manufacturers of transvaginal mesh, including C.R. Bard and Boston Scientific Corp., have entered settlement talks with lawyers for plaintiffs who say the polypropylene mesh products have caused serious, often debilitating injuries, Bloomberg news reported. Together the companies face tens of thousands of personal-injury lawsuits in state and federal courts. About 30,000 complaints filed in U.S District Courts throughout the country have been consolidated for multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a Charleston, W.Va., federal court, where Judge Joseph Goodwin is overseeing the proceedings. The total number of lawsuits could swell to 50,000 as more and more women experiencing transvaginal mesh complications or ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh victim lives in constant and extreme pain

“The pain is so bad that I sometimes go to sleep crying,” Rose Lucero told CBS4 News. “The pain is so bad that I stay up until 5 a.m. trying to let the pain just go away.” In 2008, Rose was implanted with a transvaginal mesh device to treat urinary incontinence. Three years later the pain came. It started in her back and grew progressively worse. Then it spread down her legs and into her feet, making simple chores practically impossible. “I have no life. I can’t do anything without being in pain,” she said. Rose is one of thousands ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh company settles lawsuit just before trial begins

Just minutes before a transvaginal mesh bellwether case in multidistrict litigation (MDL) was to begin, the judge announced that medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard had reached a settlement with defendants. The agreement comes less than a week after the company was ordered to pay $2 million in the first bellwether trial. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but it represents just a drop in the bucket of litigation facing the medical device company related to its Avaulta transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuits allege the mesh, which is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, caused internal injuries ... Read More

Jury awards plaintiff $2 million for transvaginal mesh injuries in trial against C.R. Bard

A jury in Charleston, W.V., ordered C.R. Bard to pay a Georgia nurse $2 million for severe injuries and pain she alleged she received from an Avaulta transvaginal mesh device that she had implanted in 2009 to correct a form of pelvic organ prolapse. Plaintiff Donna Cisson, 55, was the first plaintiff who filed a product-injury complaint against a transvaginal mesh manufacturer in federal court to have her case tried. Her case was the first to be tried out of more than 23,000 lawsuits against Bard and five other transvaginal mesh manufacturers that have been consolidated for multidistrict litigation (MDL) ... Read More

Bard exec dodges questions about transvaginal mesh testing

A C.R. Bard executive repeatedly dodged questions presented by the lead plaintiffs’ attorney in the first transvaginal mesh case to go to trial, frustrating U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing the giant body of litigation in a federal West Virginia court. Plaintiff Donna Cisson, 55, filed a personal injury lawsuit against C.R. Bard, alleging its Bard Avaulta Plus Posterior BioSynthetic Support System mesh device caused extensive injuries and pain after she had it implanted in May 2009 to correct a form of pelvic organ prolapse. Her case was selected to be tried first out more than 23,000 other cases ... Read More

C.R. Bard knew its transvaginal mesh plastic was unfit for human use, surgeon alleges

The first of thousands of personal-injury lawsuits filed in federal courts against six makers of transvaginal mesh devices is underway in Charleston, W.V. A lawsuit filed by plaintiff Donna Cisson, 55, against C.R. Bard was selected as the first of more than 27,000 cases consolidated for multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a West Virginia federal court to be heard. Ms. Cisson’s lawsuit is one of more than 4,000 that manufacturer C.R. Bard faces. Other manufacturers of transvaginal mesh in the MDL include Boston Scientific, Cook Medical Inc., Coloplast Corp, and Ethicon (a unit of Johnson & Johnson). Ms. Cisson was implanted ... Read More

Canadian woman files $5 million lawsuit against transvaginal mesh maker

A Canadian woman has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the makers of her transvaginal mesh implant alleging the device caused her debilitating pain and extreme psychological stress. Virginia Corkum of Halifax was implanted with the Gynecare Tension Free Vaginal Tape-Obturator to treat a common condition known as pelvic organ prolapse. The device, also known as a bladder sling, holds up organs that have dropped over time due to childbirth, obesity or age, in order to relive symptoms such as urinary incontinence and general discomfort. Corkum had the device implanted in 2008, and immediately thereafter suffered pain in her pelvis ... Read More