August 15, 2014 — The second “bellwether” trial involving Boston Scientific’s vaginal mesh is underway in Massachusetts, just weeks after the device-maker was victorious in the first trial.
The plaintiff, Maria Cardenas, alleges that Boston Scientific sold a defective product that caused her severe injuries. is represented by an entirely different legal team than the one Boston Scientific faced in the first trial, according to Law360.com. The trial is expected to take 2-4 weeks.
Last month, another jury in Massachusetts sat through a 4-week trial and deliberated for two days before deciding that Boston Scientific adequately designed the Pinnacle mesh implant and sufficiently warned the plaintiff, Diane Albright, about its risks.
The next trial against Boston Scientific is set to begin in Delaware state court in September.
Outcomes in bellwether trials are supposed to help lawyers determine how a jury will respond to evidence, expert witness testimony, and legal arguments. If compensation is awarded, lawyers use this information to gauge potential settlement amounts for people with similar injuries.
In the last couple years, several multi-million jury verdicts have been awarded to women who were injured. Last month, federal judges upheld an $11 million award to Linda Gross, a woman who was injured by Johnson & Johnson’s Avaulta vaginal mesh.
Boston Scientific is facing about 12,000 lawsuits involving vaginal mesh. About 1,700 are centralized in state court in New Jersey. Thousands more are centralized in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in West Virginia. Approximately 60,000 similar cases are pending against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon subsidiary, C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Coloplast, Endo Health Solutions, and American Medical Systems.
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