Cook, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of medical devices, has been named a defendant in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit that will seek restitution for women in Canada who were allegedly injured by mesh products used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. According to the Calgary Sun, the complaint seeks a minimum of $500,000 for each person implanted with a device marketed by Cook, Inc. of Bloomington, Indiana, as well as $20 million in punitive damages for the allegedly “reckless and unlawful conduct of the defendants.”

Among other things, the complaint claims that Cook’s devices are “inherently dangerous and defective, unfit and unsafe for their intended and reasonably foreseeable uses.” The lawsuit’s lead plaintift received one of the company’s pelvic mesh products in May 2011, and soon experienced painful intercourse, bladder and vaginal infections and other serious complications.

“In many cases putative class members have also been forced to undergo intense medical treatment, including, but not limited to: operations to locate and remove the mesh,” the complaint states.

U.S. Pelvic Mesh Litigation

Cook is one of seven pelvic mesh manufacturers currently named in tens of thousands of lawsuits making their way through U.S. courts, all of which were filed on behalf of women who allegedly experienced mesh erosion, chronic pain, and other debilitating vaginal mesh complications. The litigation in the U.S. began to mount in 2008, shortly after the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) first warned about problems being experienced by women who had received mesh implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Other device companies involved in the U.S. litigation include American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Inc. unit.

The majority of the U.S. transvaginal mesh lawsuits are pending in separate multidistrict litigations underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, though thousands of others have been filed in state courts. A small number of pelvic mesh cases have already been heard by juries, of which several resulted in multimillion dollar verdicts for plaintiffs.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is representing hundreds of women in the U.S. who have filed vaginal mesh lawsuits in state and federal courts around the country. To learn how you can join this litigation, please call 1-877-779-1414 for a free, no-obligation case review.

Published April 28, 2015 by