Two federal cases involving pelvic mesh manufactured by American Medical Systems have been selected to serve in the transvaginal mesh lawsuit litigation’s third round of bellwether trials, according to court documents.

An Order issued on January 24th in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia indicates that one case was selected to serve as the first in the sequence, and will head to trial on August 19, 2014. The second will act as a “back-up” if the first is unable to proceed for any reason. Records show that over 14,000 lawsuits in this federal litigation blame American Medical Systems for the pain, vaginal scarring, mesh erosion and other complications that may stem from the company’s pelvic mesh implants.

Trial Order Established for First Round of Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trials

A month ago, the Court established a trial order for the vaginal mesh proceeding’s first round of bellwether trials. The first trial start date of the four selected cases was scheduled at that time for April 7, 2014, according to a Pretrial Order on December 11, 2013. According to documents, the purpose of these preliminary trials is to hopefully provide insight into how future juries will respond to similar actions brought against American Medical Systems, which include claims that the manufacturer failed to warn the general public about side that may stem from its products. Plaintiffs further allege that the transvaginal mesh was designed defectively. (In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2325)

Also in the Southern District of West Virginia, court records indicate that over 40,000 cases have been filed in a number of separate federal proceedings established there. These litigations include:  Boston Scientific Corp., (MDL No. 2326); C.R. Bard, Inc., (MDL No. 2187), and In re: Ethicon, Inc. (MDL No. 2327).

Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is actively serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in all four of the above proceedings, including the one dedicated for American Medical Systems mesh lawsuits. Mr. Grand was also appointed Co-Liaison Counsel in two consolidated litigations established in New Jersey Superior Court to coordinate cases involving Ethicon and C.R. Bard products.

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Published January 30, 2014 by