Update: Pelvic Mesh Litigation Conferences Held In New Jersey
On January 12, 2012, Judge Carol E. Higbee held case management conferences in the In re Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare and In re Pelvic Mesh/Bard Litigations. Judge Higbee presides over both centralized actions, which involve all of the transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed in New Jersey state court. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner Jeffrey S. Grand, who is also serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in both consolidated actions, represented plaintiffs at the pelvic mesh litigation status conferences, which took place in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County. The purpose of these status conferences was to address discovery issues, such as the scheduling of depositions and the production of documents. Regarding In re Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, Judge Higbee ordered 20 additional depositions of Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson witnesses to take place in February and March 2012. Moreover, Judge Higbee ordered the Johnson & Johnson defendants to produce significant discovery materials within the next two to three weeks. Finally, Judge Higbee scheduled the next status conferences for both actions on January 19, 2012 and January 20, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Rise In Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Coincides With FDA Review
The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) estimates that 300,000 women were implanted with vaginal mesh in 2010. There are over 650 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending against manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson and C.R. Bard. In addition to the growing number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits, the FDA is continuing to move forward with its ongoing safety review of transvaginal surgical mesh. As a follow-up to a July 2011 safety communication, advising doctors and patients to consider alternative treatments to transvaginal surgical mesh, in January 2012, the FDA ordered 35 manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants, including Johnson & Johnson and C.R. Bard Inc., to study rates of side effects such as organ damage, infection and painful sexual intercourse, which have been linked to transvaginal mesh implants. The FDA requested the manufacturers to provide up to three years of data on the safety and effectiveness of transvaginal mesh implant procedures.
Transvaginal Mesh Attorney
If you or a loved experienced complications as a result of being implanted with transvaginal mesh, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
Contact a transvaginal mesh attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP for a free and confidential lawsuit evaluation. A vaginal mesh attorney will provide you with personal attention in a sympathetic and caring manner as you navigate the complex litigation process.