April 16, 2014 — The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has announced (.PDF) that nearly 50,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits are pending in consolidated federal litigation.
The cases are currently pending before U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia. The first “bellwether” trials are scheduled to begin in the coming months and will likely continue well into next year.
The trials will be closely-watched and critical to the outcome of tens of thousands of lawsuits. Bellwether trials are useful ways to place value on certain types of injuries, which can help lawyers avoid the burden and expense of trial for individual lawsuits with similar allegations.
Earlier this month, a Texas woman was awarded $1.2 million for vaginal mesh injuries. The jury found that her TVT-O vaginal mesh was defective, but they did not fault Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit for failing to warn about the risks.
List of vaginal mesh lawsuits by district:
- MDL 2187 — C.R. Bard, Inc. (7,096 cases)
- MDL 2325 — American Medical Systems (16,515 cases)
- MDL 2326 — Boston Scientific (9,776 cases)
- MDL 2327 — Ethicon Inc. (14,679 cases)
- MDL 2387 — Coloplast Corp. (1,267 cases)
- MDL 2440 — Cook Medical (173 cases)
- MDL 2511 — Neomedic (25 cases)
Do I have a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting vaginal mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by vaginal 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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