According to the latest case listing for MDL 2327, In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, there are just over 11,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits pending against this manufacturer. The lawsuits have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL), which is being overseen by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The list includes all cases filed from October 28, 2011, through October 24, 2013.
More Cases Pending in State Courts
In addition to the Ethicon MDL, women who allege they have been injured by Ethicon GYNECARE PROLIFT vaginal mesh devices have also filed lawsuits in state courts. A large number of cases have been consolidated into a multicounty litigation (MCL), which is similar to the federal MDL, in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. There are about 4,000 cases pending at that location.
Women who have filed vaginal mesh lawsuits are contending with a variety of injuries caused by the devices, which were supposed to help ease symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (POP), and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Instead, the mesh eroded inside their bodies, perforated their pelvic organs, and caused serious infections. Many of these women have sustained permanent physical injuries which have required them to undergo multiple surgeries. Despite the number of surgeries, surgeons have found it to be nearly impossible to completely remove the mesh after it has been implanted.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that vaginal mesh products have been shown to provide no additional benefit compared to other, safer treatments for POP and SUI. Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has discontinued sales of its vaginal mesh devices after the FDA ordered it and other mesh manufacturers to conduct studies investigating the link between the devices and the injuries women who were implanted with them have sustained.
The first bellwhether trials of cases that are part of the Ethicon MDL are scheduled to take place in August 2014.
The Rottenstein Law Group Advocates for Women Injured By Vaginal Mesh Devices
If you or someone you know has had surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, or another type of pelvic surgery that involved the implantation of vaginal mesh, and is experiencing symptoms consistent with malfunction, seek medical attention immediately. The next step is to contact an experienced attorney to see whether you or the person you know has grounds to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
The Rottenstein Law Group has over 25 years of collective experience advocating for victims of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices, as well as other products liability claims. RLG is offering free, confidential legal consultations, and all you need to do is fill out this contact form or call this number, 1-800-624-9567, and one of our attorneys will call you as soon as possible.
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