NEW YORK, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits (http://www.transvaginalmeshlawsuitclaims.com/) filed against various manufacturers of pelvic mesh devices used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse continue to progress in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. On January 3, 2014, the Court issued Pretrial Orders to clarify procedures regarding certain case filings and the application of the statute of limitations for claims filed in four of the proceedings currently underway in the Southern District of West Virginia. The Orders apply to the multidistrict litigations established for vaginal mesh lawsuits filed against American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325), Boston Scientific Corp. (MDL No. 2326), C.R. Bard, Inc. (MDL No. 2187) and Ethicon, Inc. (MDL No. 2327).
"Our Firm is pleased to see these proceedings moving forward, and we anticipate even greater progress in the year ahead, as bellwether trials get underway in several of these litigations. We are currently representing hundreds of women in transvaginal mesh lawsuits that have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia," says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal evaluations to women who allegedly suffered mesh erosion, pain, scarring, infection and other serious vaginal mesh complications following the implantation of pelvic mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
According to court documents, well over 40,000 lawsuits have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia on behalf of women who allegedly suffered serious vaginal mesh complications following implantation of transvaginal mesh devices. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committees in the federal multidistrict litigations involving American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, and Ethicon.
According to documents filed in the Southern District of West Virginia, the Court's second bellwether trial of a vaginal mesh lawsuit is scheduled to get underway in the C.R. Bard multidistrict litigation on January 10, 2014. Court documents further indicate that the first federal bellwether trial involving a C.R. Bard product concluded in August with a judgment of $2 million in favor of the plaintiff. (Cisson v. C.R. Bard Inc., 11-cv-00195).
Court papers filed in the federal Ethicon multidistrict litigation indicate that its first bellwether trial will begin on February 10, 2014. The first federal trial of a Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh lawsuit will start on March 10, 2014, while the first bellwether case in the federal litigation for claims filed against American Medical Systems is scheduled to get underway on April 7, 2014.
Along with his work on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committees in the federal vaginal mesh litigations, Mr. Grand is also serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in two multicounty litigations for state claims filed against C.R. Bard and Ethicon that are currently underway in New Jersey's Atlantic County Superior Court. He was also a member of the Plaintiff's team on the first Ethicon trial in that proceeding, which ended in March with an $11 million verdict for a woman who experienced serious vaginal mesh complications associated with the Gynecare Prolift device. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10; In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)
Women who allegedly suffered serious vaginal mesh complications, including mesh erosion, infections, chronic pain, or organ damage, may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Find out more about filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit at Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website or the Firm's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/meshlawsuit. To obtain a free, confidential and no-obligation case review, please call (888) 340-4807.
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