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New Bellwether Trials Scheduled for Vaginal Mesh Implant Lawsuit MDL

By Andrea Gressman


vaginal mesh implant lawsuitA second set of bellwether trials has been scheduled for the C.R. Bard vaginal mesh implant lawsuit MDL on June 24, 2013. This decision was made on August 23, 2012 by Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. The decision means settlements in the C.R. Bard vaginal mesh lawsuit MDL may be close at hand.
Background on Vaginal Mesh Implant Lawsuit MDL

In October of 2010, the first vaginal mesh lawsuit MDL was formed to combine vaginal mesh implant lawsuits related to the transvaginal mesh implants and bladder sling implants manufactured by C.R. Bard. Three more vaginal mesh lawsuit MDLs were later created to oversee vaginal mesh implant lawsuits filed against American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, and Ethicon/Gynecare.

These three vaginal mesh lawsuit MDLs were created in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, which the C.R. Bard vaginal mesh implant lawsuits were also transferred. A fifth vaginal mesh lawsuit MDL was made for claims against Coloplast in August of 2012. All five MDLs are being overseen by Judge Goodwin.

On May 1, 2012, Judge Goodwin ordered that they would schedule the first set of bellwether trials for February 5, 2013. Under the new order, the second set of bellwether trials will be scheduled for June 24 later in the year.

Purpose of Bellwether Vaginal Mesh Implant Lawsuits

Bellwether lawsuits prove useful to vaginal mesh implant lawyers as they can provide a good idea of a jury’s behavior in relation to similar trials. Each transvaginal mesh implant lawsuit in the multidistrict litigation remains separate and distinct, with each decision based on the Plaintiff’s individual circumstances.

This differs from a vaginal mesh implant class action lawsuit, which ties all Class Members together and provides a single class action lawsuit settlement to be shared equally among Plaintiffs.

C.R. Bard Avaulta Vaginal Mesh Implant Lawsuits

Plaintiffs filing vaginal mesh implant lawsuits against C.R. Bard Avaulta claim to have suffered serious injuries resulting from the use of the transvaginal mesh implant. These injuries include the following:

* pain
* bleeding
* infections
* mesh erosion
* perforation
* urinary problems

Christine Scott, a Plaintiff who filed a vaginal mesh implant lawsuit against C.R. Bard Avaulta, was awarded $5.5 million by a California jury in connection to injuries she suffered resulting from her use of an Avaulta vaginal mesh implant product. Christine suffered a perforated colon, which required her to undergo at least eight surgeries due to complications arising from the transvaginal mesh implant.

FDA Warning Issued Regarding Vaginal Mesh Implants

In 2011, the FDA issued a warning that complications resulting from use of a vaginal mesh implant were common, and that they received 1,000 reports of complications during the period of 2005 through 2007. They also received an additional 2,874 reports from 2008 through 2010. The FDA warning stated that the most frequently reported side effects of vaginal mesh implants included mesh erosion through the vagina, pain, infection, bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse, organ perforation, and urinary problems.

The reports included recurrent pelvic organ prolapse, neuro-muscular problems, vaginal scarring/shrinkage, and emotional issues. Additional intervention such as medical or surgical treatment and hospitalization are often required to treat many of these complications caused by transvaginal mesh side effects.

If you have experienced any of these side effects after receiving a vaginal mesh implant, transvaginal mesh implant or bladder sling implant, contact one of the extremely qualified vaginal mesh implant attorneys handling the Transvaginal Mesh, Vaginal Sling, Vaginal Mesh and Bladder Sling Class Action Lawsuit Investigation. You may have a case to seek compensation for your injuries. You will not be charged for this initial consultation.


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Updated October 1st, 2012


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