Surgical Mesh Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Recent Creation of New Federal Vaginal Mesh Litigation in Southern District of West Virginia

June 27, 2013

A federal litigation involving transvaginal mesh devices manufactured by Cook Medical, Inc. has been established in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Virginia.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 26, 2013

Surgical mesh lawsuit claims are continuing to move forward in a number of federal litigations currently underway in the Southern District of West Virginia, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.

According to court documents, a federal multi-district litigation for claims involving transvaginal mesh manufactured by Cook Medical, Inc. was approved on June 11th by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. The initial status conference for this proceeding has been scheduled for August 1st at 9:00 a.m.* (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2440)

Lawsuits alleging injuries caused by the company’s mesh are now pending in the federal proceeding underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, where claims involving products from American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit have already been filed in separate litigations. On the date the Cook Medical litigation was approved, court records indicate there were 13 cases filed against the manufacturer in eight federal jurisdictions in the U.S.

“Given how many women we hear from who have sustained mesh erosion, vaginal scarring and other injuries allegedly due to transvaginal mesh products, we are not surprised that more of these types of products are becoming the object of litigation,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is actively filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits on behalf of women who allegedly suffered pain, vaginal scarring, mesh erosion, infection and other injuries.

Surgical Mesh Lawsuits

In addition to lawsuits now pending in the recently created federal litigation involving Cook Medical mesh devices, thousands of claims have been filed in the four other transvaginal mesh proceedings established in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. These lawsuits have been filed by women who allegedly experienced complications stemming from mesh erosion through the vaginal tissue, which may manifest in infection, pain, vaginal scarring, and other injuries. As a result, plaintiffs in these cases allege they now suffer a diminished quality of life.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in the following four federal vaginal mesh litigations: In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2325”); In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2326); In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2187”); and In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“ MDL No. 2327”).

The scrutiny surrounding this class of devices has continued to mount since 2008, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first public health alert warning the public that it had received more than 1,000 adverse event reports from women implanted with the surgical material.** In 2011, the agency revised its stance on the frequency of these complications to occur from “rare” to “not rare” after finding that the number of complaints from vaginal mesh patients increased five-fold over a period of three years.***

Women who may have been injured by transvaginal mesh may be eligible to receive compensation for out-of-pocket medical expenses, as well as lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Learn more about surgical mesh lawsuits by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website. To speak with a mesh lawyer directly, call 800-511-5092.




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