Transvaginal Mesh was used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Medical studies confirm that Transvaginal Mesh in pelvic and bladder supports and bladder sling products result in serious complications.
An FDA review suggested that patients who underwent Mesh procedures had additional risks. This resulted in the filing of a multitude of lawsuits which were eventually consolidated via the Multi-district Litigation Panel and were consolidated to a Federal Court.
One of the target Defendants was C.R. Bard, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of Pelvic Mesh products. The cases were assigned to United States District Judge Joseph Goodwin. Bard faces more than 14,000 lawsuits in State and Federal Courts nationwide as a result of the utilization of the Mesh in question.
On February 12, 2015, Judge Goodwin appointed Ellen Reisman of the law firm of Arnold & Porter. Ms. Reisman’s task is to facilitate settlement discussions between patient attorneys and Bard. A number of meetings have recently occurred. Essentially Reisman will act as a “go between” to facilitate possible settlements with Bard. Bard is represented by the law firm of Reed Smith.
As stated, the cases are currently pending in the Southern District of West Virginia. Often times, cases such as the Transvaginal Mesh and general Mesh cases are coordinated through a mass settlement in which the plaintiff/patient/victim is given the opportunity to participate in the mass settlement. This is an efficient process utilized by Federal Courts to resolve large pieces of litigation and lawsuits filed against a common defendant arising from a common issue.
Judge Goodwin continues to hold private conferences, including private conferences with the defendants. A number of cases have proceeded to trial resulting in verdicts for the victim/plaintiff. Judge Goodwin has set forth an aggressive schedule that would send back many of the cases to the original courts for cases against Bard. Bard, in its annual report on February 18th, made a disclosure that the remand of such cases to the original courts could result in significant additional litigation related defense costs which very well could be a motivating factor for Bard to resolve the underlying Mesh cases.
For more information regarding Mesh related cases, visit the website of Patberg Law Firm, P.C., Attorneys-at-Law at www.pcglawfirm.com or contact Attorney Rolf Louis Patberg at firstname.lastname@example.org via e-mail or by telephone at 1-800- 471-6880 or (412) 232-3500 for a free evaluation of your claim.