August 8, 2012 — The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) has consolidated Coloplast pelvic mesh lawsuits into a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of West Virginia before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. There are already four other vaginal mesh MDLs in that court against C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, and Johnson & Johnson. There is also an MDL in Georgia regarding Mentor ObTape, but most of those lawsuits have been resolved.
The order was filed on August 6, 2012. The order will centralize 13 Coloplast pelvic mesh lawsuits into one court. The JPMDL found that all of the lawsuits involved common factual issues, and therefore centralizing the litigation will serve the convenience for all parties and witnesses.
The plaintiffs all allege that defects in Coloplast’s pelvic mesh products caused serious injuries for women who were implanted with the mesh to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). By centralizing the litigation, it will eliminate duplicative discovery, prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings, increase efficiency, and reduce costs.
Coloplast informed the panel that they are aware of 24 federal vaginal mesh lawsuits involving their products.
Vaginal mesh is an implant that is designed to support weakened muscles in the pelvis. Unfortunately, these devices have caused serious injury to thousands of women. The FDA has published two safety warnings about the risk of vaginal mesh erosion, organ perforation, shrinkage of the mesh, scarring, nerve damage, infection, and more. Some women have endured multiple corrective surgeries and still have permanent side effects.
Christine Scott, a woman who filed a vaginal mesh lawsuit, was recently awarded $5.5 million in damages from a jury in Bakersfield, California. Her vaginal mesh eroded into her vagina, perforated her colon, and caused severe pelvic pain. Even after eight surgeries, she still had side effects.
You may still have time to file a Coloplast vaginal mesh lawsuit. If you were injured by the Coloplast pelvic mesh, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, permanent injuries, and more.
Do I have a Coloplast Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Coloplast vaginal mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by Coloplast pelvic mesh, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Vaginal Mesh Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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