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Discovery Process to Resume in Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Discovery Process to Resume in Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

June 21, 2012 — As more transvaginal mesh lawsuits continue to be filed, a federal judge is allowing the discovery process to resume, after it was halted earlier this year. New cases continue to be filed by women throughout the United States. There are currently four different Multi-District Litigations (MDLs) before Chief District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in West Virginia, stemming from side effects of transvaginal mesh products manufactured by C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Ethicon, and American Medical Systems.

According to Judge Goodwin’s order, dated June 14, the discovery process can resume because no parties have expressed an objection or shown good cause against resuming discovery. The order will allow plaintiffs and defendants to continue exchanging evidence and information necessary to prepare the first cases for trial.

When three MDLs were formed on February 7, 2012, there were 136 lawsuits against Boston Scientific, Ethicon, and American Medical Systems. In the last four months, more than 600 additional cases have been filed.

  • American Medical Systems was faced with 80 initial lawsuits. An additional 253 lawsuits were filed in the last four months.
  • Boston Scientific was faced with 21 initial lawsuits. An additional 162 lawsuits were filed in the last four months.
  • Ethicon was faced with 35 initial lawsuits. An additional 218 lawsuits were filed in the last four months.
  • The litigation against C.R. Bard began in October of 2010 with 21 lawsuits. Since then, an additional 390 cases have been filed.

There are now at least 1,180 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending against various manufacturers. This is likely due to the growing public awareness about the risk of complications and safety hazards from the products. The FDA has issued several warnings. Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit began a voluntary global withdrawal of is transvaginal mesh products in June 2012.

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device that is implanted in women who suffer from Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), two conditions that occur due to weakened pelvic muscles. Transvaginal mesh is intended to correct these conditions by reinforcing weak muscles. Unfortunately, the device has been linked to a variety of severe complications — including infection, chronic pain that interferes with sexual intercourse, scarring, erosion of the device into the vagina, organ perforation, and more.

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