Two federal trials for transvaginal mesh lawsuits against Boston Scientific Corp. began today in the U.S., one in Miami and the other in West Virginia.

The first, in Charleston, West Virginia involves claims from four women who were allegedly injured by the company’s Obtryx pelvic implant, which is designed to treat stress urinary incontinence. The other involves its Pinnacle mesh device, which is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse.

Boston Scientific to Face 23,000 Mesh Lawsuits Nationwide

The Daily Mail reported on November 3rd that Boston Scientific has been named in over 23,000 cases in the U.S., between federal and state jurisdictions, all of which alleging chronic pain, mesh erosion, pain during sexual intercourse, organ damage and other injuries that oftentimes resulted in the need for mesh removal surgery. Plaintiffs in these cases blame the company for failing to adequately warn women about risks associated with its mesh products, which they claim to have been designed defectively.

Claims filed in these transvaginal mesh lawsuits are similar to those currently at trial, as well as the thousands involving manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, C.R. Bard Inc. and American Medical Systems. The majority of these cases have been centralized in four separate multidistrict litigations (MDL) underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, where they are being overseen by a single judge. According to the Daily Mail report, the group trials starting on November 3rd are part of the Court’s plans to expedite the litigation’s progress, which includes an Order for Boston Scientific to prepare cases for trial dates into next year. Counsel for C.R. Bard has been given a similar order, according to recent records.

Over the summer, that company announced its decision to settle $21 million worth of vaginal mesh claims in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Documents on July 24th noted costs totaling $262.7 million related to product liability lawsuits. Charges also mentioned $4.2 million in charges related to the preparation of 200 individual cases for trial.

The agreement only began to make headlines in October 8th, when Bloomberg Businessweek noted its details.  On September 30th, the parent company to American Medical Systems issued a similar settlement, resulting in a $400 million addition to its reserve for litigation costs.

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Published November 3, 2014 by