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Transvaginal Mesh Multidistrict Litigation Update: Court Chooses Four Bellwether Cases for American Medical Systems, Notes Parker Waichman LLP
Date:7/16/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 16, 2013

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, reports that, according to a July 1 Pretrial Order issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, four bellwether cases have been selected for American Medical Systems Inc.’s multidistrict litigation (MDL). In no particular order, the chosen bellwether cases are:

  •     Lisa Fontes, et al. v. American Medical Systems, Inc. 2:12-cv-02472
  •     Joann Serrano v. American Medical Systems, Inc., et al. 2:12-cv-03719
  •     Debbie K. Jilovec v. American Medical Systems, Inc. 2:12-cv-05561
  •     Mary Weiler, et al. v. American Medical Systems, Inc. 2:12-cv-05836

The first bellwether trial is to begin on Dec. 3, 2013; the second, on May 6, 2014. The chronological order of the trials will be decided by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, according to the Order.

“Nailing down the bellwethers gets us that much closer to the beginning of the first trial,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “With the dangers allegedly associated with these products, I would not be surprised if these bellwether trials result in Plaintiff verdicts.”

Thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been formulated into five MDLs pending in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. In addition to In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2325,
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