As more lawsuits are being filed, the ones that have been pending in state and federal courts continue to progress towards trials. There are currently six separate federal court case consolidations, called “multidistrict litigations,” all before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. There are nearly 50,000 lawsuits combined in these MDLs.
Plaintiffs in two of those lawsuits were awarded more than $2,000,000 during trial. In addition, others have ended up in settlements for undisclosed sums. In five of the MDLs, there is talk of mass settlements.
What is Multidistrict Litigation?
Multidistrict litigation is a judicial procedure within the U.S. federal court system that transfers similar cases filed in different parts of the country to a single federal judge in order to consolidate time-consuming pre-trial proceedings. The decision to create an MDL is made by a panel of seven Supreme Court-appointed federal judges which meets periodically to discuss which cases should be consolidated. The consolidated cases are then referred to a single chosen federal judge, known as the “transferee” judge.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has been in existence since 1968. It has since coordinated thousands of cases in the 36 different judicial districts throughout the United States. MDL is considered the best way to handle a large number of cases that have similar complaints. It can be used to consolidate both class actions as well as individual lawsuits.
The Rottenstein Law Group will provide periodic updates on the ongoing vaginal mesh MDLs as information becomes available. Currently, there are six federal MDLs, as well as individual cases pending in state courts nationwide. State court cases might be consolidated in similar fashion to an MDL, though—in a procedure called by some states “multicounty litigation (MCL),” but not every state has such a procedure.
How Long Will the MDL Last?
There is no definitive answer to this. It depends on a number of factors, including a potential mass settlement. Bloomberg reported recently that five of the six mesh manufacturers (excluding Ethicon) were considering settling the more than 30,000 mesh lawsuits in federal and state courts.
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, stress urinary incontinence, or another type of pelvic surgery that involved the implantation of surgical 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 attorneys at the Rottenstein Law Group have over 25 years of collective experience advocating for victims of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices, as well as other product 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, 1-888-419-9511, and one of our attorneys will call you as soon as possible.
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