August 6, 2015 — Bloomberg reports that C.R. Bard has offered $200 million to settle 3,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits.
The settlement would resolve about 20% of the claims against Bard and provide about $67,000 per plaintiff.
The offer is better than the $43,000 payout Bard provided in 500 lawsuits that settled for $21 million last year, but worse than the multi-million dollar payouts juries have handed down in the last few years.
In 2012, soon after Bard pulled its Avaulta line of vaginal mesh implants off the market, a jury in California ordered the company to pay $5.5 million to a woman who was injured. Two years ago, another woman was awarded $2 million in a trial in West Virginia. Days later, Bard settled a similar lawsuit for $2 million.
About 80,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits have been centralized in federal court. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin oversees the litigation and has asked lawyers to come to the table or face “potentially billions of dollars in verdicts.”
Even so, the litigation has been dragging on for about five years. In 2011, the FDA issued a Safety Communication to warn that complications of vaginal mesh were “not rare.” Many women have suffered permanent disfigurement, chronic pain, and sexual dysfunction after the mesh eroded through the vaginal wall or damaged internal organs.
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