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On August 20, Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin issued the Order authorizing the Master and Short Form Complaints in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Those complaints can now be filed by plaintiffs in the federal court cases involving:
American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325),
Boston Scientific Corp. and Ethicon, Inc. (MDL No. 2326),
Ethicon, Inc. (MDL No. 2327) and
C.R. Bard, Inc. (MDL No. 2187).
According to the Order, the purpose of the new complaint form is to eliminate delays associated with transferring cases filed in other federal district courts, to promote efficiency and to accommodate plaintiffs who wish to bring claims against defendants in more than one pelvic repair system MDL.
“The direct filing and short form complaints will help to streamline the process and make it more convenient for both the plaintiffs and the defendants to move forward with this important litigation, especially when a case involves multiple implants sold by different defendants,” said Henry Garrard, managing partner of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.
Garrard serves as Plaintiffs’ Coordinating Co-Lead Counsel and as a member of the Executive Committee for all four transvaginal mesh MDLs. His law firm partner, Josh Wages, serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the four MDLs.
Additionally, Garrard is the Co-Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs in the Bard MDL. The first trial date in the Bard MDL is set for February 5, 2013.
“If a plaintiff was implanted with multiple pelvic mesh products sold by more than one of the defendants in the four MDLs, the complaint will be filed in the MDL associated with the first defendant named in the Short Form Complaint,” Wages explained.
“By filing a Short Form Complaint, the plaintiff adopts the factual allegations and applicable legal claims set out in the longer, more detailed Master Complaint.”
Additionally, the Short Form Complaint may be filed directly in the Southern District of West Virginia instead of first being filed in a local federal district court.
The Master and Short Form Complaints for the pelvic repair product MDLs pending in the Southern District of West Virginia are available on the Court’s website, http://www.wvsd.uscourts.gov/. It is imperative that anyone filing cases directly in the MDL use the forms available on the court’s website, Garrard said.
The products at issue in the litigation are transvaginal mesh devices that were implanted in the female plaintiffs’ pelvic region to reinforce the vaginal wall for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair and / or to support the urethra or bladder neck for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) treatment.
The plaintiffs allege that the transvaginal mesh products were defectively designed and marketed. They claim to have suffered severe physical and emotional injuries due to a variety of complications, including pain,