December 13, 2016 — A panel of federal judges has established a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2753) to centralize all lawsuits involving people who had allergic or inflammatory reactions to Atrium C-QUR Mesh into one court.
On December 8, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued a transfer order (PDF) for 21 lawsuits pending nationwide.
Atrium C-QUR Mesh injury lawsuits will be coordinated for pretrial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for New Hampshire under Judge Landya B. McCafferty — In Re: Atrium Medical Corp. C-QUR Mesh Products Liability Litigation.
Atrium is the only company that sells hernia mesh coated in fish oil gel (Omega-3). The coating is intended to be an anti-inflammatory anti-adhesion barrier, but some patients have developed severe complications.
Atrium issued a Class II recall for over 100,000 units of C-QUR Mesh — including the V-Patch Mesh, Edge Mesh, and TacShield Mesh — because exposure to high temperatures and moisture inside the package could cause the fish oil gel coating to peel off and stick to the inner packaging liner.
The recall was only issued for the packaging, which is why the mesh itself was never pulled off the market. Many lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured when the coating peeled off in their body.
In one lawsuit (PDF), Atrium was accused of issuing a “stealth recall” for C-QUR Mesh by simply halting production rather than notifying doctors or patients about the high risk of side effects.
Lawsuits have also been filed by people who developed infections. Their lawyers say C-QUR is sterilized in a “dry” process that does not effectively prevent all types of infections. In 2012, the FDA cited Atrium for poor manufacturing practices, noting 35 confirmed cases of hair being found in supposedly “sterile” devices.
Do I have an Atrium C-QUR Mesh Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting hernia mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a side effect of Atrium C-QUR Mesh, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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