January 8, 2015 — C.R. Bard is demanding a delay in an upcoming vaginal mesh trial because the federal judge overseeing the litigation grumbled about the slow pace of settlements.
About 12,000 lawsuits against C.R. Bard have been centralized in federal court in West Virginia, where they are overseen by U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin.
At a hearing last month, Bloomberg reported that Judge Goodwin expressed surprise that shareholders have not put more pressure on Bard to settle the litigation, given the potential losses:
“I can’t imagine a corporation facing potentially billions of dollars in verdicts wouldn’t find it advisable to try to achieve a settlement for a much lesser sum. I base that billions of dollars business on some of the rather large verdicts that we’ve had.”
Law360 reports that Bard is now claiming that media coverage of Judge Goodwin’s comments has “tainted” the jury pool and Bard’s liability has been “prejudged.”
Bard started agreeing to settlements in October, paying about $21 million to settle 500 lawsuits.
The first two cases to go to trial have ended in roughly $2 million jury awards against Bard, one for plaintiff Wanda Queen and another for plaintiff Donna Cisson.
Both women were injured by the Avaulta mesh implant, which they said was defectively designed, poorly tested, and prone to causing devastating complications like chronic pain, painful sexual intercourse, scarring, and incontinence.
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