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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Scheduling of First Bellwether Trial in New Jersey C.R. Bard Pelvic Mesh Litigation
Date:5/4/2013

(In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10). In March, the nation’s first trial involving a Gynecare product concluded in the New Jersey litigation, with the jury awarding more than $11 million to the Plaintiff, including $7.76 million in punitive damages. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is also serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in that litigation, and served on the trial team for the Ethicon mesh lawsuit.

In addition to the vaginal mesh lawsuits pending in the New Jersey litigations, additional claims have been filed in consolidated proceedings now underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, including: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2325”); In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2326); In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2187”); and In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2327”). Mr. Grand is also serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in these four proceedings.

Pelvic mesh products have been the subject of growing litigation since October 2008, when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that it had received more than 1,000 reports of serious transvaginal mesh side effects over a three year period. In July 2011, the FDA warned that there had been a five-fold increase in reports of serious complications associated with the use of pelvic mesh in prolapse repair since its previous alert. The agency also modified the position it had taken in 2008 regarding frequency of such complications, stating in the alert that these injuries were not rare.*

Victims of alleged transvaginal mesh side effects may be entitled to compensation for their
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