Some of the major transvaginal mesh manufacturers, which face thousands of lawsuits each, began personal injury settlement talks on Monday, September 30th.
Lawyers from CR Bard, Endo Health Solutions, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, and Cook Medical, began settlement talks regarding the transvaginal mesh personal injury lawsuits they face, which number 30,000 complaints total. Johnson & Johnson reportedly is the only transvaginal mesh manufacturer not involved in settlement talks.
Currently, the group is asking Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing most of the multidistrict litigations (MDLs) involving transvaginal mesh manufacturers in the US District Court in West Virginia, to appoint a settlement committee to help with the talks.
“I know you all are considering settlement protocols and the possibility of resolutions,” Goodwin said at a Sept. 18 court hearing. He noted the talks were going on “behind the scenes.”
Part of the reason the transvaginal mesh manufacturers are looking at the settlement option could be due to the potential for more lawsuits – the number could reportedly swell to 50,000 transvaginal mesh personal injury lawsuits.
“The liability seems pretty clear on these cases, so settlement makes sense,” Carl Tobias, who teaches product- liability law at the University of Richmond in Virginia, said in an interview. “Given how serious the injuries are and the number of cases, when you do the math, you can easily come up with a multibillion-dollar settlement.”
Both Bard and Endo have already settled some of the personal injury lawsuits. Earlier in the year, Endo officials paid $54.5 million to settle a still-unspecified number of cases involving transvaginal mesh injury. Bard has lost two cases, one stand-alone in California, and one of the bellwether trials in their transvaginal mesh MDL.
Cook Medical, which is based in Denmark, is reportedly the furthest along in settlement negotiations involving their more than 600 transvaginal mesh injury cases.
Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Unit has so far not indicated that they will pursue settlement talks in their transvaginal mesh MDL.“Ethicon is now focusing on trying to efficiently manage thousands of unverified and possibly unfounded complaints,” Sheri Woodruff, a spokeswoman for the Ethicon unit of New Brunswick, New Jersey-based J&J, said in an e-mail. The company will “request dismissal of meritless claims, including claims with no compensable injury, claims barred by the statute of limitations, misfiled claims, and improperly filed claims.”
According to a recent regulatory finding, J&J faces 12,250 transvaginal mesh injury claims in its MDL.
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