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Mesh Lawsuit – Bellwether Cases Selected in Federal Litigation Underway for Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
Date:7/28/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 28, 2013

Mesh lawsuit claims involving transvaginal mesh products marketed by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Inc. unit continue to move forward in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to an Order issued on July 25th, the Court has designated four Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuits for the proceedings’ first two rounds of bellwether trials. The first round of trials is scheduled to begin on January 14, 2014, while the second will commence on May 27, 2014. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2327)

“We look forward to the start of bellwether trials in the federal Ethicon mesh lawsuits, as the outcome of these cases will help us evaluate claims in similar lawsuits,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. Firm partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal Ethicon mesh litigation. Bernstein Liebhard LLP continues to review transvaginal mesh lawsuits on behalf of women allegedly injured by pelvic mesh products marketed by Ethicon, Inc. and other manufacturers.

Ethicon Mesh Lawsuits
Court documents indicate that more than 8,460 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in the federal proceeding underway in West Virginia. All of the claims pending in the litigation allege that Ethicon failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the risks associated with Gynecare pelvic mesh products used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is further alleged that plaintiffs suffered a variety of serious complications due to the defective nature of these products, including chronic infections, organ damage, and mesh erosion and shrinkage.

Transvaginal mesh devices and related complications have been the subject of two U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Public Safety Alerts since October 2008.* While Ethicon has never announced a mesh recall for any of the Gynecare products involved in the litigation, the company did announce in June 2012 that it would stop sales of some of those device due to commercial concerns.**

Ethicon is just one of several pelvic mesh manufacturers facing litigation over these devices in the Southern District of West Virginia. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is also serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees for proceedings involving American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325) Boston Scientific Corp., (MDL No. 2326); and C.R. Bard, Inc., (MDL No. 2187). Court documents show that the first of the litigations’ bellwether trials, involving a C.R. Bard product, is scheduled to begin on July 29, 2013.

Mr. Grand has also been named Co-Liaison Counsel in two consolidated litigations established for C.R. Bard and Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuits that are currently underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. He was also a member of the trial team on the first Ethicon trial in that proceeding, which ended in March with an $11 million verdict for the Plaintiff. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10; In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)

Women who have allegedly suffered serious complications associated with transvaginal mesh may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other injuries. A wealth of information regarding transvaginal mesh lawsuits is available at Bernstein Liebhard's website. To arrange for a free mesh lawsuit review with an experienced medical device attorney, please contact the Firm today by calling 800-511-5092.

*fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/UroGynSurgicalMesh/default.htm
**bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-04/j-j-tells-judge-it-will-stop-selling-vaginal-mesh-implant.html

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.

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