The first federal C.R. Bard mesh lawsuit trial alleging injuries from the manufacturer’s line of Avaulta mesh products will begin today in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, according to court records.

The case, which was scheduled to be heard in federal court on July 8, 2013, is the first of 3,770 cases in the proceeding to go to trial over a mesh device manufactured by the company, according to Bloomberg News. Plaintiffs in these claims allege the mesh implants were prone to erosion, causing organ damage, bleeding and other serious complications. (Cisson v. C.R. Bard Inc., 2:11-cv-00195, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia)

In addition to federally-filed cases, approximately 550 Bard Avaulta mesh lawsuits have been filed in a consolidated litigation currently underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. At this location, a separate proceeding has been created for cases brought over products from Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit. The first trial for that litigation completed in March 2013 with a $11 million damage award to the plaintiff. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10; In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)

Bellwether Trial for C.R. Bard Case May Provide Hints for How Juries Will Weigh Future Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

The first federal C.R. Bard mesh lawsuit trial is taking place at the height of controversy over mesh devices, and may predict to how juries will rule in future trials for similarly filed claims.

Between 2005 and the end of 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed in July 2011 that it had received over 3,800 adverse event reports of vaginal mesh complications. The implants were also reclassified by the agency at this time as “not rare” which was a change in position from its original declaration that the frequency of injuries from the devices used to treat women with pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence was “rare.”

In the Southern District of West Virginia, thousands of claims over transvaginal mesh products manufactured by Ethicon, American Medical Systems and Boston Scientific are currently pending in separate proceedings. Court records indicate that in total, approximately 20,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits had been filed in the U.S. as of July 2013.

How to File a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

If you were injured by transvaginal mesh from C.R. Bard or another medical device manufacturer, contact a lawyer who can help you file a claim. Attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are standing by to answer any questions you may have regarding a mesh lawsuit. Call the Firm at (877) 779-1414 today to learn more.

Published July 8, 2013 by