Fourth Bellwether Lawsuit Against Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturer Delayed One Month
The fourth transvaginal mesh personal injury lawsuit against manufacturer C.R. Bard has been postponed for one month.
The case, brought forward by Carolyn Jones, has been delayed until January 10th, one month exactly after it was supposed to go to court. The lawsuit was already rescheduled once; in October, the trial date’s start was moved to December.
According to reports, it is not unusual for court cases to be rescheduled due to the holiday season.
Of the three previous transvaginal mesh lawsuits against C.R. Bard, two went to the plaintiff, including the landmark first bellwether case for plaintiff Donna Cisson, who won $2 million in damages. The second trial involving Wanda Queen was decided a week later, and was settled out of court. The third bellwether case was canceled when the plaintiff dismissed her lawsuit.
Because the third bellwether transvaginal mesh case was dismissed, C.R. Bard sought to recoup their attorneys’ fees, to the tune of $14,000. However, a judge in that case dismissed the request.
History of Transvaginal Mesh Problems
Transvaginal mesh was originally developed in 1996 and approved by the FDA for organ prolapse that caused vaginal pain and stress urinary incontinence. The original transvaginal mesh, Boston Scientific’s ProtoGen, was recalled in 1999, but due to an FDA approval loophole called 510(k) – which fast-tracks approval of devices similar to previously-approved devices – many other medical manufacturing companies began developing transvaginal mesh devices of their own.
Now, there are six multidistrict litigations (MDLs) against six major medical manufacturers, with thousands of plaintiffs claiming personal injury due to transvaginal mesh failure. Those six MDLs are:
1. C.R. Bard MDL 2187: In Re C. R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation.
2. Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon MDL 2327: In Re Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
3. American Medical Systems MDL 2325: In Re American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
4. Boston Scientific MDL 2326: In Re Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
5. Mentor ObTape MDL 2004: In re Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobturator Sling Products Liability Litigation
6. Coloplast MDL 2387: IN RE: Coloplast orp. Pelvic Support Systems
Recently, due to the high number of personal injury claims involving transvaginal mesh devices, CR Bard, Endo Health Solutions, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, and Cook Medical, began settlement talks. Reportedly, these five transvaginal mesh manufacturers faced a total of 30,000 personal injury lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson, meanwhile, has not agreed to any settlement talks and will continue facing bellwether trials in its MDL in Virginia.
The Strom Law Firm Fights for Women in Transvaginal Mesh Personal Injury Case
Transvaginal mesh kits were initially produced to help with pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Several varieties of mesh kits exist, but transvaginal mesh specifically was supposed to produce less scarring and pain, because the procedure was less invasive. However, vaginal mesh slings can cause a host of problems, including organ perforation, infection, internal scarring, continued organ prolapse, and bleeding. If you or a loved one has pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, have had a transvaginal mesh device implanted, and have since experienced detrimental complications, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced lawyers at Strom Law, LLC can help. We offer free consultations, so please contact us today, and we can help get you on the road to recovery. 803.252.4800