A Danish medical device company has agreed to pay $16 million to resolve transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims alleging serious injuries caused by its pelvic inserts, Bloomberg News reports.

According to an article posted on March 4th, claimants eligible to participate in the settlement with Coloplast A/S will receive about $40,000 each. Approximately 400 vaginal mesh lawsuits filed by women who claim that mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, bleeding, chronic pain, pain during sexual intercourse and other complications may stem from use of the company’s products will be affected by the agreement reached in January.

That same month, Bloomberg reports that Coloplast raised its sales forecast for the coming year based on double-digit business growth. The company is best known for its post-surgical ostomy and urine bags, according to the article, which also states that several other transvaginal mesh manufacturers are in settlement talks to resolve the mounting number of claims filed against them.

“It appears that momentum is building for some type of global resolution as more of these vaginal-mesh cases settle,” a product-liability law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia told Bloomberg.

U.S. Federal Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Litigations Continue to Pick up Speed

The number of vaginal mesh case filings in the U.S. is also continuing to increase. According to recent court records, more than 40,000 lawsuits have been filed in separate multidistrict litigations established in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. These federal proceedings involve C.R. Bard Inc., Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit and Boston Scientific Corp., who are similarly blamed for manufacturing mesh products that may be defective. Vaginal mesh lawsuit attorneys in these cases go on to allege the companies’ failure to adequately test its devices, which are designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) before bringing them to market.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand is an active member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in federal litigations involving C.R. Bard implants, as well as mesh produced by Ethicon and Boston Scientific Corp.

A number of cases are also pending in two consolidated litigations established in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. As of March 4, 2014, 980 mesh lawsuits had been filed in a proceeding involving C.R. Bard implants, and a total of 4,744 claims named Ethicon as defendant.

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Published March 6, 2014 by