First Round of Cases Comes to a Close in Federal C.R. Bard Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Litigation; Final Trial Scheduled to Begin in December
The first round of bellwether cases in the federal C.R. Bard transvaginal mesh lawsuit litigation will soon come to a close as its final trial prepares to begin the first week in December, according to court documents.
The trial, which involves a case filed over the company’s Avaulta mesh products, is scheduled to begin on December 3, 2013 in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. This is just one of 5,400 cases filed against Bard in the federal proceeding. (In re C.R. Bard Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2187)
5,400 C.R. Bard Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Claims Now Filed in Federal Litigation
The first C.R. Bard bellwether trial concluded in August 2013 with a $2 million damage award to the Plaintiff, whose vaginal mesh lawsuit contained allegations of bleeding, bladder spasms and pain caused by an Avaulta Plus implant she received. According to her lawsuit, multiple revision surgeries were necessary to remove the mesh she was originally implanted with in 2009. Her attorneys accused Bard of knowingly using a plastic resin in its implants that was deemed unsuitable for permanent human use by the manufacturer. As this trial concluded, the Plaintiff was awarded both compensatory and punitive damages. (Scott v. Kannappan, S-1500-CV-266034-WDE, Superior Court for Kern County, California (Bakersfield))
In July 2012, C.R. Bard lost another case involving its Avaulta mesh products. In a trial that took place in California Superior Court, the manufacturer was found partly liable for injuries sustained by another woman who received an Avaulta Plus mesh device. The company was ordered to pay the Plaintiff in this case $3.6 million. The surgeon who originally operated on the Plaintiff paid the remainder of a $5.5 million award.
As the federal C.R. Bard vaginal mesh proceeding’s first bellwether trials come to a close, thousands of additional lawsuits filed in the Southern District of West Virginia are continuing to move forward as well. At this location, separate proceedings have been established for lawsuits over mesh products marketed by American Medical Systems Inc., the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon and Boston Scientific Corp.
A state proceeding for C.R. Bard mesh lawsuits is also underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court.
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