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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit News: Federal Judge Overseeing Boston Scientific Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Selects Bellwether Cases, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
Date:9/1/2013

-altering vaginal mesh complications. Plaintiffs further allege that Boston Scientific failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the risks associated with surgical mesh it marketed for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

The litigation surrounding transvaginal mesh devices used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence has been growing since October 2008, when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public that it had received more than 1,000 reports of serious complications associated with vaginal mesh products over a three year period.* Less than 3 years later, in July 2011, the FDA warned that complaints associated with transvaginal prolapse repair had grown five-fold since the 2008 alert, and stated that it no longer considered these types of injuries to be rare.

Boston Scientific is just one of several manufacturers involved in litigations for surgical mesh lawsuits established 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), C.R. Bard, Inc.(MDL 2326) and Ethicon, Inc. (MDL No. 2327). The first bellwether trial in the federal C.R. Bard litigation concluded earlier this month, with the jury awarding $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman who suffered vaginal mesh complications following implantation of the company’s Avaulta Plus device. (Cisson v. C.R. Bard Inc., 11-cv-00195)

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 te
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