Federal Judge Overseeing Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Reschedules Third Round of Bellwether Trials, Wright & Schulte LLC Reports


Most Recent Case Management Order Also Designates Two Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits for the Federal Litigation’s Third Round of Bellwether Trials

vaginal-Mesh-Lawsuit-Lawyer-Attorney-InjuriesWright & Schulte LLC, an experienced law firm representing women in transvaginal mesh lawsuits, reports that the third round of bellwether trials involving federally-filed Ethicon vaginal mesh lawsuits will now start on December 4, 2014, rather than August 19, 2014. According to a Case Management Order issued on January 29, 2014, two cases have been selected for those trials, which are to involve Ethicon’s Prolift devices: Dianne M. Bellew v. Ethicon, Inc., et al., 2:13-cv-22473, and Brenda Lehrer v. Ethicon, Inc., et al., 2:12-cv-08157. The Bellew case will be the first to go to trial in the third round. However, it will be replaced by the Lehrer lawsuit if it settles or is otherwise unable to proceed for some reason. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2327)

According to Wright & Schulte LLC, these trials will be extremely important, as they may provide some clues regarding jury decisions in other Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuits. According to court documents, the country’s first trial against Ethicon ended in March 2013, when a New Jersey Superior Court jury found in favor of a woman who received the Gynecare Prolift device. She was awarded more than $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10)
According to court documents, more than 40,000 transvaginal lawsuits are now pending in the Southern District of West Virginia. The Ethicon litigation is just one of several established in that jurisdiction to handle the claims. Others include:

  • In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2325)
  • In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2326);
  • In Re C. R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2187)
  • In Re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2387)
  • In Re Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2440)

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings in October 2008 and July 2011 regarding the risk of serious vaginal mesh complications associated with transvaginal mesh products used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. According to the agency, the most frequently reported transvaginal mesh injuries include mesh erosion and shrinkage, chronic pain, infection, and pain during sexual intercourse.

Wright & Schulte LLC is representing alleged victims of transvaginal mesh complications in numerous claims that have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia, and continues to offer free vaginal mesh lawsuit reviews to women who may have been injured by these devices. Learn more by visiting yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.

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