Federal Ethicon Litigation Issues New Order Pertaining to Gynecare Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Claims
September 12th, 2013 by Sandy Liebhard
A federal ligation now housing over 9,500 transvaginal mesh lawsuit filings against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit has issued a new court order that will affect the production of documents in cases involving the company’s hernia mesh devices.
According to a Pretrial Order issued on September 6, 2013, parties involved in the vaginal mesh claims have entered into a stipulation concerning the production of documents pertaining to lawsuits in the proceeding. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2327)
Lawsuits in this litigation, which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, allege injuries caused by Ethicon’s line of Gynecare products, which they say can cause mesh erosion, infection, scarring and chronic pain. Plaintiffs claim the manufacturer failed to adequately warn women about the risk for these side effects to occur after use of its products, which were designed defectively.
In addition to those filed in the federal proceeding established for Ethicon products, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary is preparing to defend itself in more than 4,400 transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in a consolidated litigation underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. At this location, more than 800 claims over products manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc. are being overseen by the same judge in a separate proceeding.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Move Forward in Federal Boston Scientific Litigation
Federal lawsuits involving Boston Scientific mesh devices are making headway in the Southern District of West Virginia as well, according to court records. A Pretrial Order issued August 29th indicated that four cases had been selected for the proceeding’s first two rounds of bellwether trials. The first round will begin on February 11th, 2014, and will involve Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle products, the order stated, with the second to follow on June 17th. These cases allege injuries stemming from Boston Scientific’s Obtryx pelvic mesh implants.
Court documents indicate that Boston Scientific has been named in some 5,800 transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed in the U.S.
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