Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Involving Different Mesh Manufacturers Consolidated Before One Judge
Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports that on February 7, 2012, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that three separate pelvic mesh MDLs be consolidated before one judge given that each group of lawsuits, which involve various models of surgical mesh manufactured by different medical device companies, allege similar design defects. Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports that on February 7, 2012, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) ordered that three separate multidistrict litigations involving various models of pelvic mesh implants currently pending in federal courts be consolidated and transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and assigned to Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. The three dockets to be centralized include: In re: American Medical Systems, Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2325”); In re: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2326”); and In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2327”). The JPML issued the transfer order because the “actions in each MDL share factual issues arising from allegations of defects in pelvic surgical mesh products manufactured by AMS, Boston Scientific, and Ethicon, respectively. Centralization therefore will eliminate duplicative discovery; prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings; and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary.”
Transvaginal Mesh Design Defects Not Limited To One Medical Device Manufacturer
Although multiple medical device companies manufacture transvaginal mesh implants, the lawsuits allege that various models of pelvic mesh share similar design defects. Moreover, the nature of the injuries claimed by plaintiffs who were implanted with vaginal mesh are also similar. Thus, notwithstanding the fact that there are multiple defendants and multiple models of these devices, the JPML determined that consolidation was nonetheless warranted. In fact, in making the decision to consolidate the different groups of transvaginal mesh lawsuits, the JPML noted that the transvaginal surgical mesh products at issue in each of the MDLs are used to treat similar conditions, namely pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Thus, the plaintiffs are alleging similar injuries. Additionally, the JPML stated that “a number of these actions are brought by plaintiffs who were implanted with multiple products made by multiple manufacturers. Centralization of the three MDLs in one court will allow for coordination of any overlapping issues of fact in such multi-product, multi-defendant actions.”
The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing cases on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by vaginal mesh implants. Partner Jeffrey S. Grand has been recognized as a leading transvaginal mesh attorney by his peers and has been an invited speaker at transvaginal mesh litigation conferences. If you or a loved experienced complications as a result of being implanted with transvaginal mesh, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries.
For more information about filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our lawyers and staff understand the sensitive nature of the complications caused by transvaginal mesh and will answer your questions in a caring and sympathetic manner. Hundreds of women have shared their personal experiences with us, and we would be happy to speak with you.
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