Typically, when a product like vaginal mesh shows signs of defectiveness and recipients report injuries, they will consult a lawyer and file vaginal mesh lawsuits. If there are a large number of plaintiffs who file similar lawsuits, instead of forming a transvaginal mesh class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs’ cases are consolidated before one federal judge in “multidistrict litigation” (“MDL” for short). There are now four vaginal mesh MDL cases pending in a West Virginia federal court.
Four Vaginal Mesh Products Are in MDL
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued vaginal mesh warnings since 2008 and the number of women filing adverse event reports with the agency has increased, as of February 2012, four MDL proceedings are ongoing in federal court.
On October 12, 2010, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML)—the body that decides on consolidating cases into MDL—issued a ruling ordering all federal-level vaginal mesh lawsuits against C.R. Bard, Inc. over its “Avaulta” surgical mesh into a single MDL before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Goodwin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. As of March 2012, the Avaulta vaginal mesh MDL included 482 cases, up from 280 in February.
In February 2012, the JPML decided on three other vaginal mesh MDL consolidation motions, involving American Medical Systems, Inc. (163 cases), Boston Scientific Corp. (51 cases), and Ethicon, Inc. (93 cases). The JPML transferred all three MDLs to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia before District Judge Joseph Goodwin who is also presiding over the C.R. Bard Avaulta mesh MDL. As of March 2012, the four MDLs contain 789 cases altogether. The number of people filing vaginal mesh lawsuits is increasing. In February 2012 there were only 424 vaginal lawsuits in the four MDLs.
RLG Advocates for Those Injured by Surgical Mesh
These four manufacturers’ vaginal meshes aren’t the only products subject to vaginal mesh lawsuits. Back in 2008 when it issued the first vaginal mesh warning, the FDA noted that nine companies manufactured their own brand of vaginal mesh. If you received vaginal mesh in any procedure, regardless of the brand name or manufacturer, you might still be eligible for some amount of compensation by filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit. The Rottenstein Law Group is offering free, confidential legal consultations to people in your circumstances, and all you need to do is click on this link or call this number, 1-800-624-9567, and one of our vaginal mesh attorneys will call you as soon as possible.
For more information download RLG’s free transvaginal mesh brochure.