$119 Million Settlement Reached In Bladder Mesh Lawsuits Against Boston Scientific


Boston Scientific Announced Its Plan to Settle Over 2,000 Bladder Mesh lawsuits Filed On Behalf Of Women Alleging Chronic Pain, Infection, Bleeding, And Other Severe Injuries From Its Bladder Mesh Products.

bladder-Mesh-Lawsuits-Wright-and-Schulte-LLCWright & Schulte LLC, who is currently representing women in http://yourlegalhelp.com/medical-devices/bladder-mesh-sling-complications-and-lawsuits, reports that Boston Scientific has reached a settlement agreement to resolve certain product liability lawsuits over its surgical mesh products. The law firm notes that Boston Scientific made the announcement in its report to the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 28. As noted in the company’s regulatory filing, Boston Scientific will pay about $119 million to resolve 2,970 vaginal mesh lawsuit claims related to its mesh products designed to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In its regulatory filing, Boston Scientific said that it will make two payments into a settlement fund held in escrow with full funding to be completed by October 1, 2015. Court documents indicate that bladder mesh lawsuits against Boston Scientific have been filed on behalf of women who have suffered vaginal scarring, bleeding pelvic pain, and mesh erosion allegedly due to the company’s defectively designed surgical mesh devices.

“We are reviewing the settlement that involves clients who have endured chronic pain and health disorders purportedly due to Boston Scientific’s surgical mesh implants,” says Wright & Schulte LLC. “However, there are still thousands of other mesh lawsuits that need to be resolved.”

As noted in Boston Scientific’s Annual Report to the SEC, the company faces more than 25,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits, including 2,500 cases pending in a Massachusetts state court, 20 cases in Canada and fewer than 10 claims in the United Kingdom. Court documents indicate that Boston Scientific faces 16,157 bladder mesh claims in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia where all federally filed transvaginal mesh claims were consolidated for pretrial proceedings in February 2012. The multidistrict litigation involves Boston Scientific and six other mesh manufacturers. (In Re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL. No. 2187)

The firm is hopeful that the other vaginal mesh lawsuits will be settled and notes, that court records show Boston Scientific was a defendant in bladder mesh jury trials in state and federal courts in 2014 and was ordered to pay a combined total of $118 million in damages to nine women. In September, a jury in the District Court for Dallas County awarded $73 million to a woman who said she suffered permanent injuries from her Obtryx bladder mesh sling implant. The verdict was later reduced to $35 million. (No. DC-1214349, District Court for Dallas County, 95th Judicial District of Texas (Dallas)) In November, the company lost two federal court trials within one week. On November 13, a Miami federal court jury awarded $26.7 million to four women who allege injuries from a Pinnacle transvaginal mesh implant (14-cv-24061, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida) and a West Virginia federal court jury awarded $18.5 million to four women who claimed injuries from the company’’ Obtryx bladder mesh sling. (2:12-cv-08633)

According to court documents and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), tranvaginal surgical mesh products are used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic mesh products support the bowel, bladder, and uterus when these organs become weak and drop, or prolapse, from their normal position and bulge into the vagina. The https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/05/01/2014-09907/reclassification-of-surgical-mesh-for-transvaginal-pelvic-organ-prolapse-repair-and-surgical about the medical devices in 2008 and 2011 after receiving complaints from women who said they experienced vaginal scarring, pelvic pain, organ perforations, mesh shrinkage and other complications due to the surgical mesh implants. The FDA recommended in April 2014 to reclassify transvaginal surgical mesh products from “moderate risk” to “high risk” medical devices because the safety and effectiveness of the products have not been established.

Wright & Schulte LLC notes that Boston Scientific is the third mesh manufacturer to announce a settlement agreement. Endo International announced in September that it would pay around $1.6 billion to settle claims brought in the United States against its subsidiary, American Medical Systems. (In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2325) The law firm also adds that C.R. Bard announced in October that it would pay $21 million to settle over 500 transvaginal mesh complaints.(In re: C.R. Bard Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2187)

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