C.R. Bard Inc. may have agreed to settle a transvaginal mesh lawsuit alleging injuries caused by a product from its line of Avaulta implants a month after settling a case in the federal West Virginia litigation for an undisclosed amount, Bloomberg.com reports.

According to an article published this week, news of Bard’s recent settlement was brought by two people familiar with the case, which was slated to begin its trial on Sept. 23 in Atlantic County Superior Court and involved claims from a music teacher in Colorado who allegedly needed three revision surgeries to repair the urinary injuries caused by her implant. A month earlier, Bard settled claims what would have been the second bellwether trial in the federal C.R. Bard litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia  on the day opening arguments were scheduled to be delivered. This vaginal mesh lawsuit was filed by another woman who received an Avaulta device.

First Bellwether Trial in Federal Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Litigation Ends in $2 Million Damage Award to Plaintiff

The settlements in both the federal and New Jersey litigations followed the conclusion of the first bellwether trial in the federal proceeding, which ended on August 15th with a $2 million damage award to a woman who sustained injuries stemming from the manufacturer’s Avaulta Plus device. According to the Bloomberg report dated Sept. 14, the award included both compensatory and punitive damages.

C.R. Bard has been named in over 8,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits filed in the U.S, according to recent court records. Women in these cases allege mesh erosion, organ damage and painful sexual intercourse, among other injuries.

The company’s Avaulta devices were taken off the market in 2012 after an order from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required all vaginal mesh manufacturers to conduct safety studies of their products, and investigate their potential to cause infection, chronic pain, organ damage and painful sexual intercourse.

It is estimated that over 20,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in separate federal litigations underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. These cases allege injuries caused by products manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc., American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, and Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, and have been filed by women injured by products from this class of devices.

Did You Receive a C.R. Bard Avaulta Implant? Contact a Mesh Lawyer Today.

Join the thousands of women who have already come forward in filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits alleging injuries from this class of devices. Dial a mesh lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (877) 779-1414.

Published September 17, 2013 by