Bard, Boston Scientific, Endo Health/AMS Vaginal Mesh Settlement
We are reporting this important potential transvaginal mesh settlement breakthrough.
According to sources, C.R. Bard Inc., and other makers of vaginal-mesh implants, are in advanced talks to settle thousands of vaginal mesh product liability lawsuits.Nationwide Transvaginal Mesh Attorney
Bard, Endo Health Solutions Inc. the parent of AMS, Boston Scientific Corp., Coloplast and Cook Medical Inc. manufacturers making vaginal mesh devices to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in talks about settling all suits.
Johnson & Johnson, which also faces suits over the inserts, isn’t involved in the talks.Settlement Committee
Patients’ lawyers want U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia, who is overseeing all of the vaginal mesh federal lawsuits, to appoint a settlement committee.More than 100,000 Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Nationwide
The discussions are aimed at resolving more than 30,000 implant suits already filed that have been consolidated before Goodwin for pre-trial information exchanges. The talks also include insert makers
According to experts, “The liability seems pretty clear on these cases, so settlement makes sense. Given how serious the injuries are and the number of cases, when you do the math, you can easily come up with a multibillion-dollar settlement.”Scope of the Vaginal Mesh Problem The cases have been centralized before Judge Goodwin for coordinated pretrial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
According to the latest case list released on September 15, 2015 by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), there are at least 12,405 Bard Avaulta mesh, 18,692 Boston Scientific mesh, 28,153 Ethicon mesh, 19,913 American Medical Systems (AMS) mesh, 2,248 Coloplast mesh, 446 Cook Medical mesh and 111 Neomedic mesh lawsuits.Some Settlements Already Approved
Bard and Endo, already have settled some vaginal mesh lawsuits over its devices. Earlier this year, Endo officials paid $800 million to settle a number of cases alleging the company’s vaginal-mesh inserts were defective.
Coloplast, based in Humlebaek, Denmark, is in very advanced talks to settle all of the more than 600 cases it faces over its vaginal implants. The company is aiming to resolve all litigation over the devices by the end of the year.Plaintiff Trial Wins and Defense Losses
Bard officials also have settled some vaginal-mesh cases after losing two trials over the devices. A California state court jury in 2012 found Bard liable for severe injuries related to an Avaulta implant in the first case to go trial in a U.S. court.
Jurors said the company should pay $5.5 million in damages. Bard is liable for $3.6 million under that state’s law.
Goodwin presided at the first federal trial of claims over Bard’s Avaulta Plus vaginal mesh in August. A jury ordered the company to pay a total of $2 million in damages to a Georgia woman who said the device damaged her organs.Bard Avaulta Mesh Recall
Bard officials recalled the Avaulta implants off the market in 2012, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered all makers of the devices to study rates of organ damage, infection and pain during sex linked to their products.
Bard faces more than 20,000 federal claims over the Avaulta mesh device, which women allege can cause organ damage and make sexual intercourse painful when the devices erode.J&J Ethicon Mesh Unit Fights On
J&J, has opted out of settlement talks, and is fighting court claims against its withdrawn line of Ethicon Gynecare vaginal implants. A New Jersey jury ruled in February the company must pay $11.1 million in damages to a woman who blamed J&J’s Gynecare Prolift for her injuries.
It was the first case over the devices to go to trial.Global Settlement Faces Uphill Fight
The vaginal-mesh litigation poses a challenge for the settlement negotiators because they are faced with cases over more than 50 different implants manufactured by six different manufacturers.
The Bard consolidated cases are In re C.R. Bard Inc. (BCR) Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 10-md-02187, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston). The J&J consolidated cases are: In re Ethicon Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 12-md-2327 U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston).
Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm is actively involved in litigating and settling vaginal mesh and bladder sling injury claims against those devices manufactured by American Medical Systems (AMS), Bard, including Bard Avaulta Mesh, Bard Bladder Sling, Boston Scientific, Endo Health Unit, Ethicon, Gynecare, Gynecare Prolift, Johnson & Johnson, among others.
Injured by Vaginal Mesh?
The Mesh attorneys at Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm are evaluating potential claims for women throughout the country who have experienced problems or complications following surgical procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
Our law firm’s principal office is in Dallas and we have offices in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm represents clients in dangerous drug and dangerous medical device lawsuits nationwide, including California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas. Call 888-2109693 ext 2. or 817-717-1772 for a free consultation